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‘Blue-Eyed Son is a personal history, but its themes – family, self-identity and filial love – are universal’
Frances Hardy, Daily Mail
Raised in a comfortable middle-class home, Nicky Campbell’s Scottish Protestant family cared for him and nurtured him as their own, while remaining open about the fact he’d been adopted. His father – an ex-army man – and his mother helped him to a good school and a good university. Nicky rarely thought of his birth parents, until a combination of an imploding marriage and a chance meeting with a private detective led him to track his mother down.
Nicky Campbell brilliantly recalls their reunion, evoking all the complex and deep-seated emotions that their newly found relationship provokes. And, as they became closer, Nicky discovered far more than he expected. Not only did he have a sister, Esther – with whom he would later forge a strong bond – but his natural father was a committed Republican whose own father had served alongside Michael Collins in the IRA.
In this emotionally gripping and refreshingly honest memoir, Nicky Campbell vividly describes the many sides of a family’s dark history.
Nicky Campbell’s has worked at Capital Radio, Radio 1 and since 1997 has presented a hugely popular show on Five Live. As a TV presenter he has worked on Top of the Pops, Panorama, Newsnight and currently fronts BBC1’s Watchdog. He is married with four daughters and lives in London.