Brian Keenan's 'An Evil Cradling' is surely the most important, affecting, moving and inspiring I've ever read. I was being extraordinarily pulled towards this book over several months, for no obvious reason, and I couldn't have imagined I would discover such a beautifully written and insightful piece of work. It grabbed me, heart and soul, and I barely stopped to eat and sleep whilst devouring it. Never have I read something that has gripped me so - I've always ultimately favoured fact to fiction, and Brian Keenan proves that the most astonishing stories are those not made up.
Through his astonishing skill with language, and intellect, and warmth, he takes us to a place so deep within us, a place most of us are not compelled to travel (thank goodness) in our lives - through madness and fear and out the other side... to what Brian describes as true freedom and love. I particularly appreciated his reflections on both of these. His compassionate understanding of his captors is both astounding and believable.
I wish I could meet this man and thank him personally for sharing this book with us. I'm going to try and convince as many as possible of those I know and love to read it. I honestly can't think of a better gift. Though I panick almost daily that there are too many good books in the world to read in my lifetime, this is one of the few that's worth reading several times over, and I've promised myself that's what I'll do.
Extraordinary, astonishing, astounding, beautiful - I promise you I do not use these words flippantly. All adjectives well deserved and I could not recommend this book more strongly. I hope you read it.