Say Nothing

Say Nothing : A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

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WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING 2019
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
`A must read' Gillian Flynn
One night in December 1972, Jean McConville, a mother of ten, was abducted from her home in Belfast and never seen alive again. Her disappearance would haunt her orphaned children, the perpetrators of the brutal crime and a whole society in Northern Ireland for decades.


Through the unsolved case of Jean McConville's abduction, Patrick Radden Keefe tells the larger story of the Troubles, investigating Dolours Price, the first woman to join the IRA, who bombed the Old Bailey; Gerry Adams, the politician who helped end the fighting but denied his IRA past; and Brendan Hughes, an IRA commander who broke their code of silence. A gripping story forensically reported, Say Nothing explores the extremes people will go to for an ideal, and the way societies mend - or don't - after long and bloody conflict.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 40mm | 460g
  • William Collins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0008159262
  • 9780008159269
  • 1,279

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`Breathtaking in its scope and ambition... Keefe has produced a searing examination of the nature of truth in war and the toll taken by violence and deceit... Will take its place alongside the best of the books about the Troubles' Sunday Times



`A horrible, chilling tale and I'm glad someone has at last had the guts to tell it. There have been, thus far, only two good books to emerge from the Troubles. This is the third.' Jeremy Paxman


`A gripping and profoundly human explanation for a past that still denies and defines the future... Only an outsider could have written a book this good ... If conclusions are possible, Radden Keefe's is that everyone became complicit in the terror... I can't praise this book enough: it's erudite, accessible, compelling, enlightening. I thought I was bored by Northern Ireland's past until I read it.' Melanie Reid, The Times


`Compulsively readable, equal parts true-crime thriller and political history... Keefe is an obsessive reporter and researcher, a master of narrative nonfiction.'Rolling Stone


`An exceptional new book, Say Nothing explores this brittle landscape to devastating effect.' Wall Street Journal


`Keefe's narrative is an architectural feat, expertly constructed out of complex and contentious material, arranged and balanced just so... This sensitive and judicious book raises some troubling, and perhaps unanswerable, questions.' New York Times


`Vivid and rightly shocking... Say Nothing is an excellent account of the Troubles; it might also be a warning.' Roddy Doyle
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About Patrick Radden Keefe

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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