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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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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News from Timothy Knatchbull

Prince Charles visits Classiebawn Castle and Mullaghmore On Wednesday 21 May 2015, during an official visit to Ireland, their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall paid a private visit to Classiebawn Castle, the former home of Lord Mountbatten. They were accompanied by Timothy and Isabella Knatchbull. A warm reception greeted […]


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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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Bibliography

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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Biography

Biography

Timothy Knatchbull is the youngest child of Patricia and John Brabourne, the 7th Lord Brabourne, and grandson of Earl Mountbatten of Burma. He attended the Dragon School in Oxford and after winning scholarships to Gordonstoun and the United World College in Wales, he read Social and Political Science at Cambridge. Following ten years as a […]


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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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Prologue to ‘From a Clear Blue Sky’

            On the morning of Monday 27 August 1979, Paul Maxwell asked me the time. He laughed when I told him it was eleven thirty-nine and forty seconds. We were as carefree as skylarks, out together in my grandfather’s small fishing boat off County Sligo on the west coast of Ireland. My identical twin brother Nicholas […]


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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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