The book “Maghera: Chapter and Verse” by George Shiels
From observations of Maghera from 1957 to a hospital bed, George relates stories from his wonderfully colourful lifetime.
“I hadn’t a serious notion of writing a book until I submitted a couple of pieces to the Maghera Historical Society’s magazine, Maghera Times, last year. Of course had often bemoaned the fact that there was no permanent record of the stories that had given me pleasure and enjoyment over many years, and had lifted me when was down occasionally. I was, therefore, humbled and silently delighted, when following on from that publication, a few people encouraged me to put something together. The stories were jibbing through my head, but had to be written down, and so the serious work began… I was surprised and enthused at the latitude and scope that the written medium gave me in comparison with the ‘telling’ of the stories.” – George Shiels