Christopher Bethell

 

Christopher Bethell 

The Duke of Earl

 

As a child, Bethell would often lie to people about where he was born. “Boston, Massachusetts,” he'd say. The truth was far less exciting – no one was interested when he told them “Stockport, Cheshire”. That said, it wasn't a complete fabrication as he is a dual-national, an American/English citizen. His Grandmother moved to Boston from Ireland in her twenties. There, she fell in love with his grandfather, Joseph “Joey” O'Donnell. Bethell never met Joey as he passed away when he was a baby. Bethell grew up romanticising and obsessing about Joey's life and the country he lived, into the point of developing a fantasy about his life. It was only in 2012 that Bethell learned the truth of his Grandfather's life. Four years later, The Duke of Earl was made in reaction to Bethell's first trip to America – a roadtrip from East to West, from Joey's place of birth to where he is now laid to rest.

 

 

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