#WigtownWednesdays | Ian Cobain ~ 2 December 2020

13 November 2020

Ian Cobain ~ Anatomy of a Killing

Wednesday 2 December

Join Ian Cobain in conversation with Andy Cassell about his new book, Anatomy of a Killing: Life and Death on a Divided Island.

On the morning of Saturday 22nd April 1978, members of an IRA Active Service Unit hijacked a car and crossed the countryside to the town of Lisburn. Within an hour, they had killed an off-duty policeman in front of his young son.

Focusing on this one killing, award-winning investigative journalist Ian Cobain follows the stories of everyone involved, the hours leading up to the dreadful event, and the months and years of violence, attrition and rebellion surrounding it. Drawing on interviews as well as court files, police notes, military intelligence reports, IRA strategy papers, memoirs and government records, this is an astonishingly deep look into a history of the Troubles and a revelatory work of investigative journalism.

About the author: Ian Cobain is an award-winning investigative reporter whose work has appeared in the Guardian, The Times, the Irish Times and Middle East Eye. He has won the Martha Gellhorn Prize and the Paul Foot Award, along with two Amnesty International media awards for his journalism. His first book, Cruel Britannia (2012), won the Paddy Power Total Politics Award for Debut Political book of the Year. His second book was The History Thieves (2016).