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Broken Archangel

The Tempestuous Lives of Roger Casement

«Casement is the Odysseus of Roland Philipp's epic, Broken Archangel, and Philipps is a worthy chronicler. It is a book of meticulous sensitivity and research ... It is a model, in other words, for how to write a biography of a gay person who lived before widespread acceptance»

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Detaljer

Forlag
The Bodley Head Ltd
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
400
ISBN
9781847927071
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
24 x 16 cm

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«Casement is the Odysseus of Roland Philipp's epic, Broken Archangel, and Philipps is a worthy chronicler. It is a book of meticulous sensitivity and research ... It is a model, in other words, for how to write a biography of a gay person who lived before widespread acceptance»

Daily Telegraph

«Phillips is sympathetic to his subject and a careful chronicler of diplomatic and intelligence intrigues … he makes a persuasive case that Casement was a fractured personality who embraced causes to fill an emotional void»

Guardian

«[An] extraordinary biography … Philipps [is] an accomplished biographer with a knack for getting under the skin of his subjects … There’s a wonderful immediacy to this portrait, as if Casement sits in the room with us, discussing his life, revealing his secrets»

The Times

«[An] authoritative and impressively clear-sighted biography ... A vivid and striking portrait of this deeply conflicted man»

Irish Independent

«

Patriot, human rights campaigner, knight of the realm, traitor. Roger Casement was a complex,
appealing, deeply flawed man. In Roland Philipps, he has found the biographer he deserves. This meticulous, sympathetic, elegantly-written account gives one of the 20th century's most controversial and tragic players the attention he deserves

»

Michela Wrong, author of In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz

«A superb portrait of an enigma. Roland Philipps has produced a masterful biography, full of compassion and verve. In bringing Casement to life, he has resurrected a figure who deserves to be known as the first modern human rights campaigner, one who saved countless lives and gave voice to those who could not be heard, before being undone by some of his deepest and innermost divisions. This is a vivid, poignant and hugely moving account of an extraordinary life»

Henry Hemming, author of Agents of Influence

«Roland Philipps’s comprehensive, perceptive and sympathetic biography does full justice to Casement’s odyssey from dysfunctional Ulster boyhood, through imperial service campaigning for exploited native workers, to his eventual execution as a nationalist revolutionary. It is a rich and compulsively readable treatment of the most extraordinary of Irish lives»

Roy Foster, Emeritus Professor of Irish History, University of Oxford

«

*Praise for Roland Philipps' Previous Books*

A page-turner of the most empathetic kind

»

Guardian on A Spy Named Orphan

«Cracking... a persuasive and polished biography»

Sunday Times on A Spy Named Orphan

«So extraordinary it almost defies belief»

The Times on Victoire

«Vivid and compelling»

Irish Times

«Meticulous and sympathetic ... [a] fine book»

Literary Review

«Roland Philipps' calm, authoritative and sympathetic new account surely comes close to being definitive»

The Tablet

«This minutely researched, superbly written and genuinely exciting biography explores and ultimately convincingly explains the historical conundrum that was Sir Roger Casement. I can’t remember turning the pages of a non-fiction book so eagerly to find out what happened next, secure in the knowledge that with Roland Philipps I was in the hands of a master-storyteller»

Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill

«One of the many outstanding things about this book is that Philipps has managed to yoke together the extraordinarily disparate sides of Roger Casement’s character into a comprehensible whole. In doing so, he has rescued him from the ignominy to which he has been unjustly consigned.»

John Preston, author of A Very English Scandal

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