RTE 2fm ‘The Tubridy Show’ 02.09.2012

Ryan Tubridy   Here’s a quote, ‘We all have a car crash in our lives and to date I have had one; it happened to be a bomb. I was a boy at the time on a small boat in Ireland. Three of my family and a friend died in the explosion. One of the dead […]


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BBC Radio Four ‘Midweek’ 30.09.2009

Libby Purves Tim Knatchbull and his family have needed every ounce of determination to live. It’s thirty years since he was blown up on the fishing boat off Ireland in the IRA atrocity which killed Earl Mountbatten, his grandfather, his grandmother Lady Brabourne and the young Irish boat boy, Paul Maxwell and most savage of […]


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Readers Comments

One to definitely pick up for Christmas Based on a tragic tale of one family, in this heart-whelming story I felt a real sorrow for what had happened. It takes you back to what must have been a fascinating, exciting childhood to his day-to-day living. Timothy Knatchbull has really re-captured all the feelings evoked at […]


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Extracts of ‘From a Clear Blue Sky’

‘Twins’               The heart of a human foetus starts to beat three weeks after conception. Mine started beating in the middle of March 1964. A few millimeters away another heart was beating alongside mine. It belonged to my identical twin. Our hearts beat in loose synchronicity over seven hundred million times until he was killed, […]


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Classiebawn Castle

1694 10,000 acres of land in Sligo comes into the possession of Sir John Temple of East Sheen, Attorney General of Ireland 1704 Sir John Temple dies, his son Henry inherits his estate 1723 Henry Temple is created the first Viscount Palmerston of Palmerston in County Dublin 1757 1st Viscount Palmerston dies and is succeeded […]


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Q&A

What was your relationship to Earl Mountbatten of Burma? Lord Mountbatten was my maternal grandfather. His eldest daughter, Patricia, is my mother. After his wife, Edwina Mountbatten, died he devoted himself to his family. He was great fun and shared his grandchildren’s passion for toys and was a great storyteller. I learnt of his connections […]


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  • 'It is one of the most intensely moving stories I have ever read, and I was gripped from the first page.'

    Barbara Taylor Bradford


    'Testament to a remarkable, benevolent soul...With this public love letter he has found a way to say goodbye’. Sunday Times


    ‘It is one of the most penetrating and humane books to have emerged from the Troubles.’

    Irish Independent


    'This amazingly clear-headed and mature book...Intelligent, honest, tender and so moving that it should come with a warning to read this in private because you're going to be in a tear-stained mess.’ Daily Mail


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