How Was Denis Donaldson Recruited As A Spy?

Very few journalists knew Denis Donaldson as well as Tunis-born, French writer, Sorj Chalandon, a 27-year veteran of the left-wing daily Liberation and a prize-winning author of seven books.

One book which won him a prize – the Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie française – and which was short-listed for the prestigious Prix Goncourt, was ‘Return to Killybegs’, an account of an IRA man turned British spy – called Tyrone Meehan in the book – whose life is loosely based on Denis Donaldson’s own tragic voyage to that lonely cottage in Co Donegal.

Sorj Chalandon

Sorj Chalandon

I was greatly honored to be asked to write an afterword to ‘Killybegs’ and to share in the praise for Chalandon’s work. Like anyone reading this book I was of course curious to discover how the author explained his hero’s entry to the ranks of British intelligence agents but, as I did in my afterword, I won’t reveal it here. Those eager to know will have to buy the book.

Denis Donaldson with two friends

Denis Donaldson with two friends

In the meantime I reproduce here the book cover and my afterword. Enjoy:

EPSON MFP image

EPSON MFP image

EPSON MFP image

EPSON MFP image

EPSON MFP image

3 responses to “How Was Denis Donaldson Recruited As A Spy?

  1. Pingback: How Was Denis Donaldson Recruited As A Spy? | seftonblog

  2. Ed, was this book also published as My Traitor?

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