My Son Tom : The Life and Tragic Death of Tom Hurndal
In April 2003, twenty-one-year-old English photojournalism student Tom Hurndall was shot in the head as he was rescuing a Palestinian child in the town of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. Here is Tom's mother's account of his courageous quest, its tragic end and a devastated family's struggle for justice in a case that made legal history. It is an elegy for a son, full of loss but also of hope. Written with honesty, dignity and insight, this moving story of a remarkable young man, a mother's love, and a devoted family gives a human face to a conflict that, directly and indirectly, affects us all.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 129 x 198 x 20mm | 242g
- 05 May 2008
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
- Illustrations, map
'This intimate and profoundly moving book by Tom's mother serves as a memorial to a kind, gentle and talented son' Daily Mail 'A very raw and honest emotional illustration of the depth of such a turn of events ... Readers become part of the family, bewildered and shocked by the impact of the tragic news, feeling lost, watching other family members as they frantically try and decide the right steps to take' Emel Magazine 'When Tom Hurndall was shot, his mother showed amazing courage in her determination to get to the truth. Her book evokes with great clarity and emotion the months and years in which her family was transformed' Palestine News 'Moving and wonderfully elegant ... It would be a mistake to portray this book as political ... Her description and remembrances of her beloved son provoke tears. This book is a mother's lament' Camden New Journal
About Jocelyn Hurndall
Jocelyn Hurndall was born in Winchester in 1951. In the early 1970s she worked as kibbutz volunteer on the Israeli/Lebanese border and travelled through the West Bank to Jerusalem, where her father had worked as a pioneer of wave energy in the early 1960s. She began a career as a teacher in 1974, eventually becoming Head of Learning Support in a multi-cultural school. She lives in London with her family.