From the Back Cover
THE INSIDE STORY OF THE 1981 IRISH HUNGER STRIKE, BASED ON THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY CORRESPONDENCE IN PENAL HISTORY
"A fascinating and frightening account, not only of the strike but of the whole Republican ethos, which comes nearer than any previous study to explaining why we are still where we are 18 – or is it 800 – years on."
"Remarkable… Besides providing a blow-by-blow account of the vicious confrontation between the British government and the IRA, Beresford takes us behind the scenes in a way which has never been done before."
"Extraordinary revelations from both sides"
"The definitive account of that climactic episode… has unusual power and immediacy."
Shocking and moving at once – an electrifying story… If it were a novel, it would have a caption on the back telling the reader: 'You will not be able to put it down'"
"It is one of the very few books that will be read when the present phase of Irish history is over."
MARY HOLLAND, 'Observer'