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

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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. His story takes us beyond the often strict boundaries of the news into the very real dilemmas and fears behind its scenes.

I would be interested to discuss with him whether he "deserves" to be at peace, or whether, like many reflective former combatants, he carries thes memories with him penitentially like the chains on Marley's ghost. In his career Rowan walks along the thinnest of lines on a path where morals and ethics and principles are blurred, and his mind becomes tortured. Brian argues that we cannot create a seamless narrative of the past, a full and agreed account of the past is not achievable, but, as he argues in the chapter on amnesty, there is a way out of it, albeit messy and never complete.

The sense from reading Rowan’s memoir of reporting on the conflict, its resolution and aftermath is that it might never make sense.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today. 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.

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