Ian Cobain credit Philip Coburn

Ian Cobain

What Can Be Learnt From a Single Killing?

Festival of Ideas Online/
Thu 11 March 2021
18:00-18:45
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8

Ian Cobain

What Can Be Learnt From a Single Killing?

Ian Cobain credit Philip Coburn
Thu 11 March 2021,
18:00-18:45
Crowdcast
Price: £0—£8

Award-winning journalist Ian Cobain tells the stories of everyone involved in one man’s violent death during the Northern Ireland conflict.

On the morning of Saturday 22 April 1978, members of an IRA Active Service Unit hijacked a car and crossed the countryside to the town of Lisburn. Within an hour, they had killed an off-duty policeman in front of his young son.

Cobain focusses on the hours leading up to the event, and the months and years of violence, attrition and rebellion surrounding it. He delves into the history of the Troubles, drawing on interviews and court files, police notes, military intelligence reports, IRA strategy papers, memoirs and government records.

Rather than offering his personal perspective, he leaves it to us to make our own judgment on the rights and wrongs of the case based on the extensive material he has drawn together in an a revelatory work of investigative journalism.

Anatomy of a Killing: Life and Death on a Divided Island is published by Granta Books. Buy a copy from Waterstones, our bookselling partners.

Anatomy by Ian Cobain

Ian Cobain credit Philip Coburn

 

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