BBC Radio 5 Live ‘Queen’s Diamond Jubilee’ 05.06.2012

Shelagh Fogarty   In the summer of 1979 while holidaying in Ireland, the Queen’s cousin, Lord Louis Mountbatten died when an IRA bomb exploded on his boat. Well that explosion claimed the lives of four people including the Earl’s 14 year old grandson, Nicholas Knatchbull. Nicky’s twin brother Timothy Knatchbull survived but in his words he’d […]

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BBC Radio 4 ‘The Moral Maze’ 14.10.2009

Michael Buerk Our next witness is Timothy Knatchbull who lost his grandfather, Lord Mountbatten and his twin brother 30 years ago in an IRA bombing in Ireland and has recently written about it in a book called From a Clear Blue Sky. You have got yourself to a state of forgiveness, how long did it […]

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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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BBC Radio Kent 04.09.2009

PART ONE   Dominic Kent   He had an idyllic childhood in Kent, growing up in Mersham near Ashford. But in 1979 at the age of fourteen, Timothy Knatchbull’s world was shattered when he took a boat trip off the coast of Ireland. The Provisional IRA blew up the vessel assassinating his grandfather, Lord Mountbatten of […]

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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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News from Timothy Knatchbull

The death of Countess Mountbatten of Burma On Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (Patricia) died peacefully at her home in Kent surrounded by her children. She was 93. A celebration of her life was held two weeks later at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge, London and the following day she […]

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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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Sacha Abercorn    Feather from the Firebird Virgine Amant Yeats’ Landscapes, Travels with WB Yeats An Crann/The Tree Bear in Mind, Stories of the Troubles Gyles Brandreth Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage Richard Broad & others  The Troubles, The Background to the Question of Northern Ireland Nicky Campbell Blue-eyed Son: The Story of an […]

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Irish History

1169 Henry II oversees an Anglo Norman invasion of Ireland, establishing an English presence for the first time 1689 James II lands in Ireland and supported by a catholic army reigns from Dublin 1801 The Act of Union creates the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland 1813 First recorded sectarian riots in Belfast 1836 […]

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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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  • '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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