Fintan O’Toole: All the main actors in the Troubles tell partial, distorted and deceitful story

The British, loyalists and Sinn Féin each have their reasons for distorted storytelling

The IRA attack killed 20 British soldiers and a tourist was also killed as the Paras returned fire on  August 27th, 1979. Photograph: Sunday Mirror/Mirrorpix via Getty Images

The IRA attack killed 20 British soldiers and a tourist was also killed as the Paras returned fire on August 27th, 1979. Photograph: Sunday Mirror/Mirrorpix via Getty Images

A while ago, I was writing something about the Troubles. I wanted to check a detail in that great and terrible litany of death, Lost Lives, which was published in 1999 and again in an updated edition in 2004. It is an amazing book, perhaps unique in the world as a record of a conflict in which every death is given its due.

I was away from home and didn’t have the book, so I thought I would buy one online. There is no ebook of Lost Lives. There was a single second-hand copy of the first edition for sale on Amazon for £536.99 (€597.49) and one of the second edition for £525.21 (€584.39).

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