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As part of his later attempt to extract the sting, he courageously lowers his lip and confronts the complex web of allegiances that permeates all sections of Irish society.

He considers Garda collusion and the even more painful possibility that there may have been prior local knowledge he is haunted by the memory of a local couple who suddenly tensed when he sauntered into a local shop the day before the bomb. As with his own post-bomb attitude to Ireland, there is much ambivalence. He gradually comes to the realisation that attitudes to political violence can in turn be fuelled by sympathy, revulsion, self-interest, fear and passive acceptance. In his early thirties he begins to accept that survival is not liberation and that counselling alone cannot defuse the everyday detonators.

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The flick of a light switch, an overhead train, the whiff of diesel or the thud of a bonnet instantaneously propel Knatchbull back into the horror of that bank holiday morning. He thus embarks on a series of return visits to Ireland.

After each visit he feels like a diver coming up from a great depth. Raiding local memory, family memoirs, official reports and memorabilia, the scene of the bomb is reconstructed from every conceivable angle. At times this process is painstaking, as every last detail takes on superhuman significance. And the bombers hover in the background.

Knatchbull retraces their steps and follows IRA bomber Thomas McMahon through arrest, trial, conviction and eventual release. The book culminates in a final encounter with Nicky: he had been tortured by thoughts that his twin could have been saved and is comforted by a photograph of his dead body and confirmation that he had not been left to die in the water.

At Classiebawn he comes face to face with his ghost. That field of glory.

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Weather Forecast. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Tuesday 24 September By Philip Johnston. Book Reviews. But instead of arriving home half an hour earlier as scheduled Janet, Jonny and Becky were delayed. The coroner recorded an open verdict after admitting David Bairstow was the only one who really knew the truth.

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His shadow looms large over the book with Jonny admitting he thinks of his father almost every minute of every day. He was in the forefront of his mind when Jonny finally completed a memorablefirst century for England against South Africa at Newlands after becoming becalmed in the nineties for 40 agonising minutes. At last he picked up his two-pound nine-ounce bat, cut a short ball from Stiaan van Zyl past backward point and ripped the helmet from his ginger head to celebrate.

The memories came flooding in. Jonny reveals a little about his struggle to convince England selectors of his Test qualities as both batsman and wicketkeeper. Sadly the only difference between Jonny and the rest is that he was the only one whose father was not there for the occasion. This is an emotional read to be perused through misty eyes.


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