by Fergal Keane - £11.99 Harper Collins (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780007176939 | ISBN 10: 0007176937
Fergal Keane's memoir is an account of an extraordinary human journey. At its heart is the poignant story of a son's search for his father and the reconciliation that is possible even after death.
As one of the BBC's most distinguished foreign correspondents, award-winning reporter Fergal Keane has worked in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Asia and the Balklans. In addition to the public events he covered in these regions, his memoir gives an insight into the very personal battles he has faced. In his early thirties he found himself in the grip of alcholism - the disease which killed his father. His battle to overcome booze brought him face to face with the ghosts of the past. This portrait of childhood in an alcoholic home is haunting yet filled with compassion and humour; his description of his own struggle with depression and alcoholism is strikingly unsentimental and ultimately life affiriming.
An acclaimed war reporter, Keane has seen the worst that men can do. He has produced a memoir that doesn't flinch from painful truths but which celebrates the power of the human spirit.
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