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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A warm, unsentimental and beautifully-observed book for our times' Lucy Caldwell, author of These Days 'If I were in bother I'd want the Ballybrady bunch at my back. The film features graphic contemporary footage of the Troubles that is juxtaposed against imagery of the natural landscape of Northern Ireland including rivers, waterfalls, and a swan. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners.

The book and the film do not mention peace talks and negotiations that sought to bring a cessation of the conflict. I will admit that the first thing I did when I was handed this book by a Belfast friend was to look up my own surname, with the spelling favoured by my Northern Irish grandfather. But Seamus mostly understood that this was a sign of the book's egalitarian appeal; that Lost Lives' goal, which was simply to record every death caused by the Troubles, was recognised and appreciated as much by thieves as it was by professors.His grieving father was reported as saying: 'It's terrible that a wee lad coming home from school should be mowed down in such a horrible way. We became engrossed and we starting collecting more files and more information and it turned into one of the most worthwhile things that I have ever done, growing and growing all the time into a huge book," he said. Now it has become a remarkable film, a visual poem that will be shown on Sunday on BBC One Northern Ireland; one that takes small portions of the book, and with the powerful additions of pictures and music, turns the words into a larger expression of Northern Ireland's grief.

This book tells the story of every single death caused by the Troubles in Northern Ireland and England. For those book nerds out there who have a barcode scanner on their Christmas list, the real title of the tome in question is Lost Lives: The Stories of the Men, Women and Children Who Died as a Result of the Northern Ireland Troubles . 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". As the car began to drive away the same soldier aimed his automatic weapon at it but this time several people told him not to fire and he didn't. The senselessness of the killing in Ulster, in fact, is one great theme that the four authors identify in their introduction.

Any lingering thoughts that the book could be revived were shattered by the death of Seamus Kelters two years ago.

This is a book to be passed on to the next generation who have already largely forgotten what their fathers and mothers endured for over 30 years. Lost Lives shows that while the great majority of the killing was done by republican groups and loyalist paramilitary organisations, the deepest source of resentment and sense of injustice is to be found among the several hundred families which lost members at the hands of the security forces. The outcome of this deliberation is a book which is clear, comprehensive (within the limits of the material) and also compassionate; more compassionate, I feel, because no victim of the troubles is denied his or her moment of acknowledgement regardless of affiliation or history. A nine-year-old Derry boy, playing cowboys with his brother in the garden, stumbled over a tripwire and set off a bomb which killed him.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. They trace the origins of the conflict from the firing of the first shots, through the carnage of the 1970s and 1980s and up to the republican and loyalist ceasefires and beyond. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

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