WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING 2019
A BARACK OBAMA BEST BOOK OF 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION 2019
TIME’s #1 Best Nonfiction Book of 2019
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
‘A must read’ Gillian Flynn
One night in December 1972, Jean McConville, a mother of ten, was abducted from her home in Belfast and never seen alive again. Her disappearance would haunt her orphaned children, the perpetrators of the brutal crime and a whole society in Northern Ireland for decades.
Through the unsolved case of Jean McConville’s abduction, Patrick Radden Keefe tells the larger story of the Troubles, investigating Dolours Price, the first woman to join the IRA, who bombed the Old Bailey; Gerry Adams, the politician who helped end the fighting but denied his IRA past; and Brendan Hughes, an IRA commander who broke their code of silence. A gripping story forensically reported, Say Nothing explores the extremes people will go to for an ideal, and the way societies mend – or don’t – after long and bloody conflict.