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.