'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 one 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 forever. It is also a book about history, from the Second World war through to the current day, and the way incidents long past can have 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. He divides his time between the UK and Europe. This is his first novel.Review:
Gripping...The course of the long, hot day leading up to the tragedy on the beach pulsates with dread and fear, and is engrossingly broken up by a middle section, describing a man named Gerd's astonishing escape from East Berlin as a teenager in 1969' -- Catherine Taylor THE GUARDIAN 20120428 And all the while we await "the incident" - which, when it comes is beautifully written, well-paced and surprising. Proof that Macleod is a fiction strategist of talent. -- Tom Adair THE SCOTSMAN 20120421 A thought-provoking literary page-turner SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 20120624 the opening is a truly stunning account of ship torpedoed during the Second World War. Gordon McInnes survives the attack, and years later his grandson is a teenage lifeguard on a beach in Germany when two children die on his watch. The novel concerns three turning points that change the course of three lives forever -- Alice O'Keeffe THE BOOKSELLER With lively dialogue and descriptive passages, this is an absorbing and emotional tale that spans two generations. -- Louise Purser STAR magazine 20120409 Stunning...It is a wonderful story about fate and the small important details that make us who we are; the events that change us irrevocably and how they continue to resonate through time. A powerfully perceptive debut from Kenneth McLeod. WE LOVE THIS BOOK With its almost exclusively male cast of characters and easy conversational tone, this notably readable first work defies easy categorization. Not a thriller, social drama or bildungsroman - though containing elements of all three - it nevertheless offers compelling tale-spinning marked by a strong sense of foreboding and hallucination-sharp detail. As a beach read it's a striking cautionary tale. -- Elsbeth Lindner BOOKOXYGEN Compelling UNDISCOVEREDSCOTLAND.CO.UK 20120731
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Book Description Orion Publishing Group, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0297866958
Book Description Orion Publishing Group, 2012. Book Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96423774