Last Saturday’s Sunday Times Magazine cover story, ‘Bono the shades come off’ (21 June 2009) by Chrissy Iley, mentions that Bono always has a few books on the go, we think that one of them in particular is an excellent choice:
“There are books everywhere. He likes to read about three at once. Currently there’s one about a tribe of pirates from the Barbary coast who took 130 Irish people from a town in County Cork and sold them as slaves in Algeria. And he’s reading Richard Dawkins’s A Devil’s Chaplain. An edition of Seamus Heaney is never far away, and beside it is the Koran given to him by Tony Blair.”
The book about ‘a tribe of pirates’ is Des Ekin’s The Stolen Village. I’m not surprised Bono is enjoying it – it’s an amazing book, the true story of the only pirate raid ever recorded on Irish soil. In 1631, pirates from Algiers descended on the little harbour town of Baltimore, west Cork, captured almost all the villagers and carried them away to a life of slavery in North Africa. Only two of them ever returned. It’s a really great read and Des brings the sights and sounds of seventeenth century Algiers, and the fate of the Irish villagers in their unfamiliar surroundings, vividly to life.