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Not Untrue and Not Unkind

Ed O'Loughlin

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009.

'Fantastic writing, great subject; a voice that is both passionate and cold. The most exciting first novel I have read in many years.' - Anne Enright

'A fine, darkly authoritative novel' - Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland

In Dublin, a newspaper editor called Cartwright commits suicide. One of his colleagues, Owen Simmons, discovers a dossier on Cartwright's desk. In the dossier Owen finds a photograph, which brings him back, once again, to a dusty road in Africa and to the woman he once loved ... Not Untrue and Not Unkind is Owen's story - a gripping story of friendship, rivalry and betrayal amongst a group of journalists and photographers covering Africa's wars. It is a phenomenally vivid snapshot of Africa's glories and horrors that can stand alongside the non-fiction works of Philip Gourevitch and Ryszard Kapuscinski. It is a razor-sharp examination of how the news is made - or made up. And, like all great novels, it is above all a story of the yearning human heart.

Ed O'Loughlin was born in Toronto and raised in Ireland. He reported from Africa for the Irish Times and other papers and was Middle East correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age of Melbourne. Not Untrue and Not Unkind is his first novel.

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Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Overlook Press
Ed O'Loughlin
Ed O'Loughlin
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Audio (Unabridged)
Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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