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The Hero Brush

Edmund Gordon: Colum McCann, 12 September 2013

TransAtlantic 
by Colum McCann.
Bloomsbury, 298 pp., £18.99, May 2013, 978 1 4088 2937 0
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... of no interest to McCann, who in his acknowledgments thanks ‘none other than George and Heather Mitchell themselves – they had the great grace to allow me to try to imagine my way into their world.’ He imagines himself far enough into it to give Mitchell a liking for very sugary tea and an ‘inability to say no’ (both of which foibles he also ...

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