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Roland Philipps


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Here is the extraordinary story of Roger Casement: a pioneering human rights campaigner, a patriot and traitor, a romantic unable to openly express his sexuality, a complex man ahead of his time.

ISBN: 9781847927071 Category:


Pioneering human rights campaigner, patriot, romantic, traitor, LGBTQ+ martyr: this is the story of Roger Casement, one of the 20th century’s most complex and compelling figures.

‘A book of met-iculous sensitivity and research’ TELEGRAPH

‘Superbly written, genuinely exciting’ ANDREW ROBERTS

‘Outstanding’ JOHN PRESTON

In 1904, Casement became internationally celebrated for unearthing the grotesque violence of the Belgian Congo. Soon after he won even greater renown and a knighthood for his humanitarian work deep in the Amazon jungle.

But his internal fault lines ran deep: neither fully Irish nor English, baptised both Protestant and Catholic, desperate for love but forbidden intimacy, betrayed in his only significant relationship, he was of the English diplomatic establishment yet an outsider who fought for Irish nationhood. His final act in wartime Berlin – a doomed scheme to promote an invasion of Ireland – overwhelmed him. And while his subsequent trial for treason brought him some resolution, it also took him to an unmarked prison grave.

Casement was a contradictory figure made fallible by contemporary mores and his own unexamined emotions. Only decades later did an Irish state funeral finally assert his nobility above his notoriety – and only now can we fully understand his surprisingly modern and deeply relevant life and legacy.

‘In Roland Philipps [Casement] has found the biographer he deserves’ MICHELA WRONG, author of Do Not Disturb

‘Vivid, poignant and hugely moving’ HENRY HEMMING, author of Our Man in New York

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Weight 0.649 kg
Dimensions 24 × 16.2 × 3.7 cm










941.5081092 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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