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Say Nothing: A True Story Of Murder and Memory In Northern Ireland Hardcover – 1 Nov 2018
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‘Keefe's gripping account of the Troubles is equal parts true-crime, history, and tragedy. His incisive reporting reveals the hidden costs of the Troubles, illuminating both the terrible toll of the conflict, and how it continues to reverberate today. A must read’ GILLIAN FLYNN
‘Patrick Radden Keefe uses the old Irish phrase, “Whatever you say, say nothing”, to suggest and to say just about everything. His great accomplishment is to capture the tragedy of the Troubles on a human scale. A bracing, empathetic, heartrending work of storytelling’ COLUM MCCANN
‘Meticulously reported, exquisitely written and grippingly told, this is a work of revelation. Keefe not only peels back, layer by layer, the truth behind one of the most important and mysterious crimes of a terrible conflict; he also excavates the history of the Troubles and illuminates its repercussions to this day’ DAVID GRANN
‘Smart, searching and utterly absorbing, ‘Say Nothing’ sweeps us into the heart of one of the modern world’s bitterest conflicts and, with unusual compassion, walks us back out again along the road to reconciliation. This is more than a powerful, superbly reported work of journalism. It is contemporary history at its finest’ MAYA JASANOFF
‘Patrick Radden Keefe has the rare ability to convey an intimate story that powerfully illuminates a much larger one. He brilliantly represents the menace and intrigue that devastated Belfast and shows the course of ordinary lives headed towards inevitable and awful collision. By turns gripping and profoundly revelatory, Say Nothing shines a brighter light on Northern Ireland’s tragic past than any history book’ SCOTT ANDERSON
‘A shattering, intimate study of how young men and women consumed by radical political violence are transformed by the history they make, and struggle to come to terms with the blood they have shed, Say Nothing is a powerful reckoning. An essential’ PHILIP GOUREVITCH
About the Author
Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at the New Yorker magazine and the author of two critically acclaimed books, The Snakehead and Chatter. He received the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing in 2014, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Reporting in 2015 and 2016, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellowship at the New America Foundation. A former Marshall scholar, he holds Master’s degrees from Cambridge University and the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Yale. He lives in New York.
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He author next discusses the Catholic Price family, of which every member had been in prison. They were staunch IRA members. Dolours Price and her sister Marian and been reared on a diet of legends about the 1916 Easter Rising, among other things. A brief history of the 'Troubles' follows which is on the whole balanced.
Jean McConville disappeared. He children were taken into care and many suffered physical and sexual abuse. Jean had been taken to the border and shot in the head. Her remains were not discovered until 2003. Ridden Keefe says it was Dolours who drove Jean t the border and her death. He also argues that Marian Price fired the fatal shot. Given the record of violence carried out by the 'Crazy Prices', bombing, bank robberies, and so on, it is very likely that his conjectures are valid.
The author is highly critical of Gerry Adams and Brendan Hughes. He claims they played a major role in arranging the disappearance of people. It seems probable that Jean was an informer.
The author is American. He grew up in Boston. His interest in the problems of Northern Ireland began with his reading of Dolours Price's obituary in 2013. She was 61 and it was claimed she had become disillusioned with the cause. He has written an engrossing and shocking book about a gang murder in Belfast.