The Ticking Is the Bomb

The Ticking Is the Bomb

A Memoir

By Nick Flynn

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393338867, 283pp.

Publication Date: January 2011

In 2007, during the months before Nick Flynn's daughter's birth, his growing outrage and obsession with torture, exacerbated by the Abu Ghraib photographs, led him to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in those photos. Haunted by a history of addiction, a relationship with his unsteady father, and a longing to connect with his mother who committed suicide, Flynn artfully interweaves in this memoir passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his growing obsession a questioning of terror, torture, and the political crimes we can neither see nor understand in post-9/11 American life. The time bomb of the title becomes an unlikely metaphor and vehicle for exploring the fears and joys of becoming a father. Here is a memoir of profound self-discovery of being lost and found, of painful family memories and losses, of the need to run from love, and of the ability to embrace it again.

About the Author
Nick Flynn is senior lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University. Nick has published widely on prisons, rehabilitation theory and practice, and environmental criminology. His most recent book title is "Criminal Behaviour in Context: Space, Place and Desistance from Crime". Prior to teaching, Nick worked as a freelance researcher on criminal justice issues and as a campaigner for penal reform. He is on the editorial board of the" British Journal of Community Justice".