Phil Cunningham's Reflections of Derry completes a highly personal trilogy - a trilogy of innocence, discovery and sharing. From his first stumbling steps along the back of the Walls in 1937 to youthful exuberance exploring Creggan and beyond, and now, as maturity and family beckon, Phil reflects on some of the colourful characters and events he has encountered from the 1960s onwards.
Phil's love for Derry and its people shines through from first page to last and he is delighted to include similar childhood stories from several other well-known Derry personalities: Gerry Anderson, Colum Arbuckle, Sister Anna, Claude Wilton, John Keanie, Larry Hasson and Kathleen Henderson. These shared experiences complement Phil's own gentle tales and together they illuminate the city's rich and varied past, recording and preserving these precious memories for all to enjoy.
With many unique photos of Derry and hilarious yarns of its characters, capers and comfooterments, Reflections of Derry reveals the heart and soul of a city through the affectionate memories of its biggest fan - Phil Cunningham.
It was a delight to contribute to such a warm, personal history.
Sr Anna, community leader
With Reflections, Phil opens another tantalising window to our past.
Frank Curran, journalist and author
Derry's favourite literary nephew does it again. Reflections sparkles from start to finish and is a worthy addition to Phil's previous collections.
Garbhan Downey, writer
ISBN 0 946451 83 4
Paperback, 160pp, 210mm x 148mm