Timothy Knatchbull Wins Ewart-Biggs Award
March 14, 2011
has won the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Literary Award for his memoir From a Clear Blue Sky: Surviving the Mountbatten Bomb
The prestigious prize recognises work that promotes peace and reconciliation in Ireland, and greater understanding between the peoples of Britain and Ireland. It is awarded in memory of Sir Christopher Ewart-Biggs, the British ambassador to Ireland who was murdered by the IRA in Dublin in 1976. Previous winners include Brian Friel, Sebastian Barry and Brian Keenan.
Mr Knatchbull said winning the award was “a wonderful surprise”. He noted "the fact that it aims to promote peace and understanding and reconciliation is just a wonderful set of objectives. I will treasure this prize because it means more than any other prize I could imagine.”
From A Clear Blue Sky
is a moving account of the August bank holiday weekend in 1979 when 14-year-old Timothy Knatchbull went out on a boat trip off the shore of Mullaghmore in County Sligo, Ireland. It was a trip that would cost four lives – and change his own forever. The IRA bomb that exploded in their boat killed Knatchbull’s grandfather Lord Mountbatten, his grandmother Lady Brabourne, his twin brother Nicholas and local teenager Paul Maxwell. Knatchbull’s memoir is a story of courage and fortitude in an intensely personal account of human triumph over tragedy, and holds lessons about how we can learn to forgive, to heal and to move on.