Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children Who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles

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Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children Who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles

Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children Who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles

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Thornton said that he and the other authors were opposed to any potential governmental involvement in the reprinting of the book as it would "leave it open to political influence". Imagine, then, undertaking to create an account – as objective an account as possible – of each of the deaths in a situation of conflict which to all intents and purposes is still current (albeit in a much muted form) within your own country and your own culture.

While ‘Lost Lives’ is a very useful resource, I feel that it suffers from a lack of contextualisation of the macro level politics going on at various stages of the conflict.In January 2021 that the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland received the archive relating to the book consisting of “265 folders of mainly newspaper cuttings relating to most of those individuals who died as a result of conflict”.

But I am already very grateful to the authors for providing a resource that allows me to begin to form an understanding of a tremendously complex and bloody situation that not only raged for a long time on the very doorstep of my own homeland – and in which my country was explicitly involved – but which swallowed up friends and relatives of my own friends and relatives. Thornton said that much more material had become available since the book was published and he and the other authors had hoped to update it but no publishers were interested. I would be interested in hearing recommendations from anyone more intimately familiar with the troubles than I, in fact. I was born in Dublin 1969 and would love to go back in time to show both sides of the troubles all of the unnecessary murders and carnage that would unfold in the forthcoming years.

The film-makers create jolting contrast: the enduring beauty of the Irish landscape, against today’s gleamingly secure pleasure palaces, built after civil war was replaced by something like peace. Featuring high-end cinematography, an orchestral score and readings by an ensemble cast of Irish actors, including Kenneth Branagh, Brendan Gleeson, Roma Downey, Liam Neeson, Bríd Brennan and Stephen Rea, the film is a requiem. When used in conjunction with other sources, therefore, I don’t think the matter of fact approach employed here is problematic at all; quite the opposite, it might just prevent a new reader from becoming swamped and allow them a larger degree of autonomy in making their own decisions. Written over seven years by five journalists, it is a book that, uniquely, records the circumstances of every single death in a conflict – the Northern Irish ‘Troubles. It was also shown on BBC One NI at 21:00 on 16 February 2020, and on BBC Two at 22:00 on 7 March 2020.



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