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In his book, The Hon. Timothy Knatchbull (son of Patricia, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma and John, 7th Lord Brabourne - and grandson of Mountbatten) delves into his past, present and future, and reveals a story of courage and fortitude as he, his family, and their English and Irish friends dealt with the murders of 27th August 1979 and their aftermath.  His book gives a compelling insight into that period of Irish history, but more importantly it brings home that although tragedy can strike at any moment, the human spirit is able to recover and evolve over time.

The book is about truth and reconciliation, unflinching in its detail, asks searching questions about why human beings inflict misery on others, and holds lessons about how we can learn to forgive, to heal and to move on. It is a powerful survivor's account of the IRA bomb that killed the author's 14-year-old twin brother, his grandparents and a family friend, and was published in August 2009 - on the 30th anniversary of the atrocity.   


The Hon. Timothy Knatchbull


The book was the winner of the 2011 Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Award - founded by Baroness Ewart-Biggs (1929-1992) in memory of her late husband (Christopher Ewart-Biggs, CMG, OBE (1921-1976) the British Ambassador to Ireland who was himself murdered by the IRA).


Mountbatten (centre) at Classiebawn Castle with his two young grandsons (Timothy & his twin brother Nicholas -

who was killed in the same explosion that killed Mountbatten)

“From A Clear Blue Sky”

The memoirs of The Hon. Timothy Knatchbull