Where Grieving Begins: Brighton Bomber’s memoir shows understanding and insight, but no regrets

Patrick Magee struck up a remarkable friendship with the daughter of one of his victims but, as his memoir demonstrates, they have to work hard to meet half way

The Grand Hotel in Brighton after the IRA bomb that killed five people. Picture: Bettmann Archive


Where Grieving Begins: Building Bridges after the Brighton Bomb

By Patrick Magee

Pluto Books, €18.99

In one respect at least, Where Grieving Begins must be a unique book. This is the memoir of a Provisional IRA man, with a sympathetic foreword by the daughter of one of his victims.

It tells you relatively little about the Troubles, but it does have many striking things to say about conscience, bereavement and the power of forgiveness.