Living with Ghosts: The Inside Story from a 'Troubles' Mind

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Living with Ghosts: The Inside Story from a 'Troubles' Mind

Living with Ghosts: The Inside Story from a 'Troubles' Mind

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In Living With Ghosts renowned veteran journalist Brian Rowan retraces his steps through Northern Ireland's conflict years, as he bravely delves into the darkness of those times. This book is a memoir of those encounters and analysis of their meaning at many years’ remove, but also an insight into their psychological impact on the author. In his journalistic career Rowan walked the thinnest of lines, where morals and principles were blurred, and as a result his mind became tortured. In his journalistic career Rowan walked the thinnest of lines, where morals and principles were blurred, and as a result his mind became tortured. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

Living with Ghosts is a moving and deeply personal account of one man’s doubts and decisions, and the challenges of reporting a war on his doorstep. There is no doubt that, in many ways, this is a written form of PTSD, but I suspect Barney recognises that this, and the circumstances that produced it are not, and should not be accepted as normal, even though he might wonder what life would be like without these ghosts. The minuscule geography of Northern Ireland is also ever present, the pressure of moving around Belfast – by any measure not a big city – surrounded in the 1980s and 1990s not just by looming hills, but army watchtowers and helicopters.

His story takes us beyond the often strict boundaries of the news into the very real dilemmas and fears behind its scenes. This is a highly subjective, personal account of his interactions during key events, but as such, is probably interesting to only him. He makes radical, but important recommendations regarding dealing with the pain of our province's past.

Living with Ghosts is a deeply personal account of one man’s doubts and decisions, and the challenges of reporting a war on his doorstep. Across its pages, veteran journalist Brian Rowan retraces his steps back through the tunnel of Northern Ireland’s conflict years and into the darkness of those times.

He goes deep into his contacts with the IRA, the loyalist organisations, MI5, Special Branch, the army and the many other players in the conflict period. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. He goes deep into his contacts with the IRA, the loyalist organisations, MI5, Special Branch, the army and the many other players in the conflict period. Living with Ghosts is a moving and deeply personal account of one man's doubts and decisions, and the challenges of reporting a war on his doorstep.

In reality, every democracy, however sophisticated or stable it may look, has been attacked or actually destroyed by a would-be Caesar, from Ancient Greece to the present day. For many of us who have lived through the troubles, the past is something we’ve tried to forget, move on from, suppress. His story takes us beyond the often strict boundaries of the news into the very real dilemmas and fears behind its scenes. This is as close to the truth, to the real story of the corruption, vulgarities, horrors, and lies of the Kingdom and its current despot as we are likely to get.

The sense from reading Rowan’s memoir of reporting on the conflict, its resolution and aftermath is that it might never make sense. Much of the book is a meditation on the tension between the journalistic impulse to tell a compelling story – which the conflict in the North was, and is – and the moral quandary of participating in what is also an obscene story.

The final part of this book describes how and why would-be Caesars come to grief, from the Gunpowder Plot to Trump's march on the Capitol and the ejection of Boris Johnson by his own MPs, and ends with a defence of the grubby glories of parliamentary politics and a thought-provoking roadmap of the way back to constitutional government. The saga of Boris Johnson and Brexit frequently crops up in this author's narrative as a vivid, if Lilliputian instance of the same phenomenon.Living with Ghosts is a moving and deeply personal account of one man’s doubts and decisions, and the challenges of reporting a war on his doorstep.



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