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Powerful debut born out of African experience

Not Untrue & Not Unkind By Ed O’Loughlin Penguin, €15

28th March, 2009

When his newspaper editor dies, a photograph in one of the man’s personal folders sets Owen Simmons, the Dublin-based narrator of Not Untrue & Not Unkind, reminiscing about his time as a correspondent in Africa, when he reported from South Africa, Zaire and Sierra Leone, among other hotspots.

One of a loose grouping of correspondents and photographers who roamed the continent in pursuit of the latest war, atrocity or military coup, Simmons has...

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