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A fascinating family memoir from Joseph O'Neill, author of the Man Booker Prize longlisted and Richard & Judy pick, `Netherland'. Joseph O'Neill's grandfathers - one Irish, one Turkish - were both imprisoned during the Second World War. The Irish grandfather, a handsome rogue from a family of small farmers, was an active member of the IRA and was interned with hundreds of his comrades. O'Neill's other grandfather, a hotelier from a tiny and threatened Turkish Christian minority, was imprisoned by the British in Palestine, on suspicion of being a spy. At the age of thirty, Joseph O'Neill set out to uncover his grandfather's stories, what emerges is a narrative of two families and two charismatic but flawed men - it is a story of murder, espionage, paranoia and fear, of memories of violence and of fierce commitments to political causes.
|Publication date:||30th April 2009|
|Publisher:||HarperPerennial an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Biography: historical, political & military, History: specific events & topics, Political oppression & persecution, Family history, tracing ancestors,|
Joseph O'Neill is an Irish barrister living in New York. He is the author of three novels, `Netherland', which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, `This is the Life' and `The Breezes'.More About Joseph O'neill