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Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Say Nothing

A True Story Of Murder and Memory In Northern Ireland

Patrick Radden Keefe

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2 reviews

Imprint: William Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1 Nov 2018
ISBN: 9780008159252

`A must read' Gillian Flynn `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

4 stars out of 5
Melanie Reid
17 Nov 2018

"Only an outsider could have written a book this good"

Only an outsider could have written a book this good. Irish or British writers are tainted by provenance... He handles the minefield scrupulously, dodges loaded vocabulary and allows people to condemn themselves by their actions. Some of Radden Keefe’s most powerful writing describes how the IRA’s young guns saw their cause become mired in deceit, betrayal and political sell-out... Humanity shines through in the small anecdotes... 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.

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5 stars out of 5
Toby Harnden
4 Nov 2018

"breathtaking in its scope and ambition"

What happened to McConville and the quest to find out who was responsible makes Patrick Radden Keefe’s remarkable book a gripping piece of non-fiction. This is an achievement in itself, but Say Nothing — breathtaking in its scope and ambition — is much more than that. A staff writer for The New Yorker, Radden Keefe has produced a searing examination of the nature of truth in war and the toll taken by violence and deceit. The result is a lyrically written work that will take its place alongside the best of the books about the Troubles...