Roger Ekirch


On his book The True Story that Inspired Kidnapped

Cover Interview of January 24, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The real-life saga of James Annesley.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“My aim has been to use this small mountain of evidence to relate the fascinating story of Annesely’s life with as much attention to accuracy and historical detail as possible.”

On the second:

“A secondary goal has been to illuminate the contours of Irish society. The sheer density of the legal depositions, many containing richly detailed recollections of both rural and urban settings, is stunning.”