Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children Who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles

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Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children Who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles

Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children Who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles

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I’m not sure that I’m going to express myself very clearly, and I’m going to make a point that may only really resonate with another Librarian! It's often been said that any random page of Lost Lives encapsulates the immense grief and suffering of the Troubles, and the film of Lost Lives captures that idea. This book is a labor of love and compassion by the four journalists who worked on it over the course of seven years.

There may be some who believe that more detail should have been given to provide more context for each death, but had the authors done this the work would have lost it's poignancy and impact as the individual deaths got lost in the political and religious miasma.It is not really journalism, though it has been compiled by four journalists who may, collectively, have just written the book of their career" and that "There is not space to do justice to the scholarly comprehensiveness, the magisterial evenhandedness or the moral integrity of this astonishing book.

Hewitt and Lavery wouldn’t have had to wander far into the archives for visual evidence of the taut, fraught Ireland of yesteryear, yet be warned: there are images here that couldn’t have been shown on the nightly news, interrupting the detachment instilled in the original prose.Lost Lives shows that while the great majority of the killing was done by republican groups and loyalist paramilitary organisations, the deepest source of resentment and sense of injustice is to be found among the several hundred families which lost members at the hands of the security forces. He has won a number of other awards during more than 20 years of reporting on Northern Ireland, among them the Christopher Ewart-Biggs memorial prize for the promotion of peace and understanding in Ireland. A soldier who was down in the street shot at the sniper and the reporter thought that saved his life. This simple, effective conceit is given further heft by the who’s-who of Irish acting talent recruited to tackle the judicious, non-partisan phrasing of the five authors (David McKittrick, Seamus Kelters, Brian Feeney, Chris Thornton and David McVea).

Lost Lives: The Stories of men, women and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland troubles, (3rd Ed. Hewitt said he felt the actors were not just "lending their voices but giving their voice in support of what the film represents for us" which was "A reminder of the terrible loss, in the hope that we do not repeat the mistakes of our past". Lost Lives: The Stories of men, women and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland troubles. One of the tourists is Evan, taking an enforced holiday from his family and work in Belfast after breaking down after the death of his daughter in infancy.Thornton said that much more material had become available since the book was published and he and the other authors had hoped to update it but no publishers were interested. By 2020 Lost Lives was out of print and the surviving authors agreed they did not want another print run. Inspired by the book of the same name, LOST LIVES was written over seven years by five journalists, it is a book that uniquely records the circumstances of every single death in the conflict. Might I therefore suggest to your readers that it is best used as a companion to some of the other excellent works on the history of the conflict in Northern Ireland. This is a moving and funny debut novel set in a quirky coastal community you will be desperate to visit after reading.



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