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 4 ‘Today’ 27.08.2009

Justin Webb    It is 30 years since an IRA bomb killed Lord Mountbatten. The bomb was placed in a boat. Also in that boat was Timothy Knatchbull, Lord Mountbatten’s grandson. He survived though his twin brother, his grandmother and a local teenager did not. Timothy Knatchbull now in his forties has written a book […]


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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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TODAY fm ‘The Last Word’ 02.09.09

Matt Cooper   A dreadful event in Irish history from thirty years ago, August 1979. There were survivors from the IRA bomb that killed Lord Mountbatten. One of those survivors has written a book thirty years on. Thank you for taking the time to join us. Can I ask if it is difficult for you to […]


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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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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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  • '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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