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Say Nothing : True Story Of Murder and Memory In Northern Ireland - Patrick Radden Keefe

Say Nothing

True Story Of Murder and Memory In Northern Ireland

By: Patrick Radden Keefe

Paperback | 22 August 2019

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Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2019

A New York Times Bestseller

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.

With gripping, forensic reportage and lyrical, vivid detail, Say Nothing weaves the stories of Jean McConville and her family with those of Dolours Price, the first woman to join the IRA as a front-line soldier, who bombed the Old Bailey when barely out of her teens; Gerry Adams, who helped bring an end to the fighting but denied his IRA past; Brendan Hughes, a fearsome IRA commander who turned on Adams after the peace process and broke the IRA's code of silence; and other indelible figures.

Keefe captures the intrigue, the drama and the profound human cost of the Troubles. This is a searing chronicle of the lengths that people are willing to go to in pursuit of a political ideal, and the ways in which societies mend – or don't – in the aftermath of a long and bloody conflict.

Longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing.

About the Author

Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at The New Yorker, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, and the author of ‘The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld' and the ‘American Dream and Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping'. He writes about legal issues, crime, national security, and foreign policy. (And pop culture occasionally, too.) In 2014, Patrick received the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, for his story "A Loaded Gun."

The recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and fellowships at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Patrick has been a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Prize and the Overseas Press Club's Cornelius Ryan Award for Best Book on International Affairs. Patrick grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts and went to college at Columbia. He received Masters degrees from Cambridge University and the London School of Economics, and a JD from Yale Law School.
Industry Reviews

TIME's #1 Best Nonfiction Book of 2019

'Say Nothing rightly won this year's Orwell prize for political writing. It is a superb piece of reportage and writing ... It is a book that could become worryingly relevant again.' Times, the best current affairs and politics books of 2019

'In this meticulously reported book - as finely paced as a novel - Keefe uses McConville's murder as a prism to tell the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland ... A searing, utterly gripping saga.' New York Times, best books of 2019

'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

'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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