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You Can't Hide the Sun
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The ancient places and stories of the Holy Land are so etched into our cultural and mental landscapes that it is hard to separate ancient tales from modern realities. Of course, this is part of the potency of the place, but also part of the illusion. In captivity for many years, John McCarthy had only the Bible to read. While many of its stories are just that, stories - part-history, no doubt, but also part-myth, evolved over generations of oral story-telling - the accounts of conflict thousands of years ago made him realise that his captivity was in some ways just another footnote in the endless saga of violent dispute over the Holy Land. This very small area has been fought over since the dawn of time. For trade, for politics, for God, nations, empires and faiths have demanded the right to control Palestine. So what is it like for modern people to live in that hall of mirrors, with its myriad distorted visions? How do you keep a sense of perspective, a sense of self? To find out, John McCarthy travels thr
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Drawing on his own experiences of the Middle East, John McCarthy travels through Israel to uncover the hidden story of the Palestinian struggle.

About the Author

As a journalist in television news John McCarthy was sent on his first foreign assignment to Beirut in 1986 aged twenty-nine. His career was abruptly cut short by militiamen who kidnapped and held him captive for five and a half years. Since his release he has written four books prior to this one - Some Other Rainbow (with Jill Morrell), about his hostage years, Island Race (with Sandi Toksvig), an account of their circumnavigation of Britain, Between Extremes (with Brian Keenan), a journey through Chile and his latest, A Ghost Upon Your Path. He continues to work in both radio and television.

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"A powerful account of the Palestinians of Israeli citizenship as told in their own words. Eloquent and moving, this book is essential reading to understand the full complexity of Palestinian-Israeli relations." * Eugene Rogan, Author of The Arabs: A History * "John McCarthy takes us on an unforgettable journey through a tumultuous and complex landscape. His passion and humanity are all the more remarkable in the context of his own brutal experience of the dark side of its political context." * Tom Bradby, Political Editor, ITV News * "From a man who knows much about human spirit's refusal to be cowed comes a beautifully written, compassionate and insightful account of Israel's non-Jewish population. You Can't Hide The Sun does not just champion a people too long bullied, marginalised and ignored - it drives home that without heeding their voice no long term solution of Israel-Palestine is possible." * Tim Butcher, author of Blood River * "John McCarthy's excellent book focuses in on Palestinian citizens of Israel, who sometimes get ignored as a complexity too far. McCarthy doesn't hide his sympathy for the human beings who have been battered by Middle East conflict. Perhaps that's because he was caught up in it too when he was held hostage in Lebanon for more than five years between 1986 and 1991. Like Palestinians, and Jews, he longed for the sanctuary of home. McCarthy made it home. But in his journey through Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories he finds Palestinians who are still waiting, hoping and struggling for their homes more than 60 years after Israel was created. Fascinating and timely, and written with the charm of a man who's still determined to explore the tempestuous region that for five years was just a dream on the other side of his locked cell door." * Jeremy Bowen *

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