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Three lives, three turning points: this stunning debut novel charts those moments that change the course of a life for ever.

'Certainly there are ghosts in these towers. For me they are the ghosts of two children. And even now - ten years later and seven hundred miles away - I still wake most nights with the muffled echo of their cries in my ears and the weight of their deaths on my conscience...'

Three lives; three turning points. Craig was a teenage lifeguard on a beach in Germany when two children died on his watch. It should never have happened. He was an expert swimmer. His grandfather, Gordon McInnes, was on board a ship torpedoed during the war. He survived by clinging to the body of one of his colleagues. Years later, he met a member of the crew of the U-boat that attacked his ship. Gerd is a refugee of the Cold War. Recruited by the Stasi at a very young age, he escaped to the west after his mission went terribly wrong. He never went back.

THE INCIDENT is a searingly powerful novel about fate, about those moments that change the course of a life for ever. It is also a book about history, from the Second World War through to the current day, and the way incidents long past can reverberate across generations.

The incident - Kenneth Macleod

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Title
The incident
Author
Kenneth Macleod
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20130404

Three lives, three turning points: this stunning debut novel charts those moments that change the course of a life for ever.

'Certainly there are ghosts in these towers. For me they are the ghosts of two children. And even now - ten years later and seven hundred miles away - I still wake most nights with the muffled echo of their cries in my ears and the weight of their deaths on my conscience...'

Three lives; three turning points. Craig was a teenage lifeguard on a beach in Germany when two children died on his watch. It should never have happened. He was an expert swimmer. His grandfather, Gordon McInnes, was on board a ship torpedoed during the war. He survived by clinging to the body of one of his colleagues. Years later, he met a member of the crew of the U-boat that attacked his ship. Gerd is a refugee of the Cold War. Recruited by the Stasi at a very young age, he escaped to the west after his mission went terribly wrong. He never went back.

THE INCIDENT is a searingly powerful novel about fate, about those moments that change the course of a life for ever. It is also a book about history, from the Second World War through to the current day, and the way incidents long past can reverberate across generations.

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Kenneth Macleod was born in Glasgow in 1972 and began working as a newspaper reporter at the age of 17. He freelanced for many different newspapers for 12 years.
He was awarded a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

An interesting, compelling and original [read].
NEWBOOKS magazine

A hauntingly tragic, beautifully written first novel examining how much our future is governed by the past.
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Type
BOOK
Edition
1st paperback ed
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
304

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