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Wounds: A Memoir of Love and War


About the Book

A family story of a murder, blood and betrayal that tore an Irish town apart and causes men to be silent still.

‘There was a tale about a soldier being shot on the street outside my grandmother’s house. My father told this as a ghost story. The mood of the telling was wistful. The killing had been wrong. Why else would a ghost come back? My father said that if we watched carefully in the deep night we would see a green shadow moving around the bedroom overlooking the main street. I could never stay awake long enough to encounter the phantasm. I was an adult before I learned the root of this story.’

Trying to relate the kindly men and women of his childhood with the deeds made public long years after they died, Fergal Keane’s devastating history of a local murder asks, what is a terrorist? And how do people live with the act of killing?

As those who pulled triggers, planted bombs and spied are long dead – as are their children – the bitterness of memory has faded in the towns where the violence and torture took place. Facing these people and their stories at last, ‘Wounds’ searches for a deeper sense of the personal history that made this colonial war, and how it initiated the beginning of the end of empire. A heartbreaking tale of the secrets of war, this journey is part of the story of all wars.

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Critical Praise

Praise for Fergal Keane:

‘Keane’s real distinction was in his reporting talents, which as this book shows, are considerable.’ Evening Standard

‘His book is a memoir but it is so much more than that…a volume of the most exquisitely written and moving truth and honesty.’ TLS

‘A completely honest account of reporting conflict.’ Independent

‘An empowering story of triumph over adversity.’ Irish Times

‘Profoundly honest.’ Observer

‘Fergal Keane operates masterfully on three levels, setting this, the last military stand of British empire, in a far wider campaign context…vivid, compelling and terrifying…Keane catches both shrinking revulsion and astounding courage to brilliant effect…I found myself, on one or two pages towards the close, caught in a choking emotion.The evidence is meticulously gathered and the writing so powerful that it turns a book about a battle into a book about human beings, their existence and their end.’ the guardian

‘In his sweeping account of the battle in Kohima in 1944, Fergal Keane does justice to the memory of the men who fell and who survived…a vivid account which brings to life the brutality of that war…an engrossing narrative of ghastly battle’The Independent

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780008189266
  • ISBN 10: 0008189269
  • Imprint: William Collins
  • On Sale: 09/21/2017
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
  • BISAC2: HISTORY / General

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