Anatomy of a Killing | Ian Cobain | Granta

  • Published: 05/11/2020
  • ISBN: 9781846276408
  • Granta Books
  • 288 pages

Anatomy of a Killing

Ian Cobain

OnthemorningofSaturday22ndApril1978,membersofanActiveServiceUnitoftheIRAhijackedacarandcrossedthecountrysidetothetownofLisburn.Withinanhour,theyhadkilledanoff-dutypolicemaninfrontofhisyoungson.InAnatomyofaKilling,award-winningjournalistIanCobaindocumentsthehoursleadinguptothekilling,andthemonthsandyearsofviolence,attritionandrebellionsurroundingit.Drawingoninterviewswiththosemostcloselyinvolved,aswellascourtfiles,policenotes,militaryintelligencereports,IRAstrategypapers,memoirsandgovernmentrecords,thisisauniqueperspectiveontheTroubles,andarevelatoryworkofinvestigativejournalism.

By homing in on one man's violent death, Ian Cobain tells a riveting and tragic story but, while doing that, he has also written a precise, compelling history of the Troubles. It's one of the best I've read

Roddy Doyle

Cool and careful, and utterly devastating... alive to nuance and complexity

Irish Times

A remarkable piece of forensic journalism and a worthy addition to the Troubles bookshelf

Ed Moloney

The Author

Ian Cobain was born in Liverpool in 1960. He has been a journalist since the early 1980s and was most recently an investigative reporter with the Guardian. His inquiries into the UK’s involvement in torture since 9/11 have won a number of major awards, including the Martha Gellhorn Prize and the Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism. He has also won two Amnesty International media awards. Cobain lives in London with his wife and two children.

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