Thursday July 9, 2020

Carefully unpicking one of the Troubles’ grimmest episodes

The New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe dives deep into Jean McConville's story and the horrors that befell her orphaned children, many of whom ended up in care, in this vivid account of the Troubles

9th December, 2018
Jean McConville pictured with three of her children before she disappeared in 1972

Non-FICTION: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, By Patrick Radden Keefe, William Collins, €25

The murder and disappearance of Jean McConville was one of the most heinous acts of the Troubles. This is perhaps why it continues to fascinate and appal in equal measure, 46 years after the widowed mother of ten was taken at gunpoint from her Belfast home, shot in the head by an IRA...

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