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Behind the Headlines: Alf McCreary, an Autobiography [Paperback]

Alf McCreary
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14 Nov 2013
Forthright, humorous but sometimes harrowing, the renowned journalist Alf McCreary provides a highly personal account of his life. From his birth and family ties in the village of Bessbrook in South Armagh during the 1940s, through his long, distinguished and sometimes turbulent career in the Northern Ireland media, and also abroad, he reflects on his own life experience and how it has shaped him. Despite having won two British National Press Awards and several local accolades including the title Northern Ireland Journalist of the Year; over 30 books published; Mary McAleese as a senior management colleague at Queen's University; reported on The Troubles including Bloody Sunday, Bloody Friday, Kingsmills and Enniskillen, and from world trouble spots including Vietnam, Cambodia , Zimbabwe and Rwanda; met and interviewed everyone from Daniel O'Donnell to Peter O'Toole and George Best; and from the Reverend Ian Paisley to the Dalai Lama; appointed MBE; covered Pope John Paul II's visit to Ireland and his funeral in Rome, reported on US President Ronald Reagan in Ballyporeen; and also counting Phil Coulter and Seamus Heaney among his Queen's contemporaries; it is Alf's dramatic personal story that takes centre stage, and rightly so -

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Colourpoint Books (14 Nov 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1780730543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780730547
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read about a local Bessbrook man 1 May 2014
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Life and times of a man brought up in South Armagh in the small Quaker Village of Bessbrook, Newry, Co.down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 8 Jan 2014
This book gripped me from page one and I was unable to put it down for long, reading it from beginning to end! It is lively, interesting and amusing. At times it can be emotionally stirring as he recalls interviews with people affected by the troubles and indeed, his own search for his father. Alf has met many courageous and interesting people and his thoughts and recollections make this book a fascinating read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behind The Headlines: Alf McCreary' An Autobiography 15 Mar 2014
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I had read about Alf McCreary before I ordered this book. I was not disappointed, he is a great writer and a man of integrity.
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