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Best nonfiction about the Troubles in Northern Ireland

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Initial post: 19 Apr 2010 22:25:26 BDT
A F N Clark, Contact is quite good as is Michael Asher, Shoot to Kill.

Posted on 20 Apr 2010 12:13:39 BDT
V. Bowe says:
Fools of Fortune by William Trevor. It starts from the beginning of the troubles from a child's perspective, spanning 60 years.

Posted on 20 Apr 2010 15:48:20 BDT
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memoirsfan says:

This is just out. Shankill Road 1970s through the eyes of a paperboy. The publishers have already sold the film rights

Posted on 22 Apr 2010 13:09:08 BDT
Bookish Girl says:
Although they are fiction I really loved the Kevin and Sadie books by Joan Lingard. The series starts with 'The Twelth Day of July' and there are I think four more after that.

Posted on 23 Apr 2010 11:37:17 BDT
'The Dirty War' by Martin Dillon.
'Pig in the Middle' by Desmond Hamill.
'The Informer' by Sean O'Callaghan.
There's more, but that'll do for now.

Posted on 5 May 2010 09:56:24 BDT
Cormac Mac says:
If you can get a copy at a reasonable price, try Sam Millar's brilliant and controversial On The Brinks. Guaranteed you will not put it down. If you can't buy a copy (crooks are asking for up to £160 for unsigned copies) try your local library. Warner Brothers have bought the rights to it.

Posted on 5 May 2010 18:32:40 BDT
R. Winslow says:
As a way of exploring an Englishman's gradual learning about the subtleties of life in the Six Counties during the troubles May the Lord in His Mercy be Kind to Belfast has few equals.

Posted on 10 May 2010 07:03:36 BDT
Marand says:
I'll endorse Tony Parker's "May the Lord in his Mercy be Kind to Belfast". I read it when it first came out (in the early 1990's I think), spurred on by rave reviews at the time and with Northern Irish parents who took a very one-sided view of the Troubles (as did virtually everyone else in NI). Although I haven't read it in years I don't think it would be any less worthwhile now.

Posted on 11 May 2010 20:29:04 BDT
I coudnt believe it when I saw how cheap this is now going for, I think I paid £20 for mine - the only downside (at least with my edition) is its huge and not overly practical to read unless lying down. 3 great books in one though, so for anyone interested in the troubles you cant go wrong for a fiver (im not sure how much change from a fiver these sellers will get once they pay postage!)

Dirty War: Shankill Butchers: Stone Cold

Posted on 11 May 2010 20:40:42 BDT
Gerald Seymour has also done some great books. I think he writes alot of action type stories, ive only read his books set in Northern Ireland and they were all superb. One was made into a TV drama some years ago called Harrys Game (also well worth a watch)

Posted on 16 May 2010 12:47:29 BDT
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Posted on 16 May 2010 12:53:14 BDT
Noir Fan says:
On The Brinks by crime writer, Sam Millar, author of the Karl Kane books (Bloodstorm, The Dark Place et al). Guaranteed page-turner. As a previous poster said, if you can get a copy at a reasonable price for an unsigned copy. Totally brilliant. If you can't get a copy, read The Redemption Factory by the same author, although it's non-fiction.

Posted on 21 May 2010 20:51:59 BDT
J. Holm says:
Unionism and Orangeism in Northern Ireland since 1945: The Decline of the Loyal Family (Devolution) by Henry Patterson & Eric Kaufman (Paperback - 1 May 2007) is pretty good on the Unionist view.

Posted on 23 May 2010 16:52:44 BDT
s clemens says:
A great book that covers the whole of the history of the conflicts is "The Green Flag:A History of Irish Nationalism" by Robert Kee.

Posted on 23 May 2010 16:53:58 BDT
s clemens says:
A great book that covers the whole of the history of the conflicts is "The Green Flag:A History of Irish Nationalism" by Robert Kee.

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Posted on 1 Mar 2011 09:08:17 GMT
Cormac Mac says:
No more moaning about the price. Sam Millar's On The Brinks is now available on Amazon, and at a great price. On the Brinks: Extended Edition and if you have a Kindle, even better price On The Brinks: The Extended Edition. This really is a classic memoir, soon to be directed by John Boorman in a documentary as well as movie.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2011 12:10:04 GMT
Crime Queen says:
Crime Lover,
thank you for alerting us to the Kindle edition of Millar's fantastic memoir, On The Brinks On The Brinks: The Extended Edition. I can't believe it's going for less than a couple of quid. I'm sending a couple of downloads to friends.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2011 16:36:32 BDT
R. Nixon says:
I've my own story about The Troubles. I was at boarding school in Northern Ireland from 1977-1981. If interested you can go to for more details.

Posted on 29 Apr 2011 10:20:17 BDT
Big Boys' Rules: The SAS and the Secret Struggle Against the IRA

Posted on 29 Apr 2011 22:46:39 BDT
If I may add my tuppenceworth, the 3-book set by Peter Taylor tells the story from all three sides (Republican, Loyalist and British) and is very good indeed. All highly recommended. The three titles are:


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Roy Banwell says:
Hello, I have just put my book on Kindle, I am an unknown as you put it but I don't know about a Joe Blogs. I have written about my, I feel exciting time in the Infantry (Cheshire Regiment), all post 1970. It included my time in Northern Ireland, Rhodesia and Bosnia etc. I have received good feedback from everyone but it would be nice to get some from someone who doesn't know me. Thanks for your time anyway, regards Roy.Banwell, "The Long Journey".
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