A Falkland Islands Elegy is the story of a mother’s search for her son, a disappearing world, and the challenges of getting justice in a remote and isolated community.
The Falkland Islands have mythic status in the British imagination. They are a far-off land that altered UK history. But what are they really like? And what are the challenges of living there? On the 40th anniversary of the 1982 conflict, novelist Marcel Theroux uses the enduring mystery of the disappearance of Marine Alan Addis to explore the islands and document the changes that have taken place over the last 40 years.
Addis’s unsolved disappearance in North Arm in August 1980 cast a shadow over both the islands and the marines stationed there. It also tormented his mother Ann, who spent the remainder of her life trying to get to the bottom of what happened. Over this period, economic change was transforming the Falklands. In the course of its multiple investigations into Addis’s disappearance, the Royal Falkland Islands Police itself became a modern force. So far it has failed to determine the truth about what happened to Alan Addis, but the police, the judiciary and society at large have begun a reckoning with another globally resonant issue, historic child sexual abuse, and embarked on the long process of delivering justice to its survivors.