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A really first rate book
on 26 April 2002
Outside of anything eamonn mccann has written this is one of the best books on the troubles.
It's written on the inside track and it's really, really good - well researched, insightful, truthful and candid, it doesn't try to rewrite history or glamourise things and it's beautifully written.
It was very obviously written with extensive co-operation from the guys who were in long kesh when this went down and it has an authenticity and a palpable atmosphere very few other books on the troubles will hope to achieve.
Beresford was able to access the messages smuggled between the POW's and 'Brownie' the contact with the republican leadership on the outside... and the messages are interspersed throughout the book and contrasted against events providing an illuminating, utterly compelling and rarely seen glimpse not just into to unfolding of the events in the kesh during the hunger strike but into the republican psyche.
A fitting tribute to the hunger strikers and a highly recommended book for anyone intrested the 6 counties - whatever political cloth their coat may be cut from.
Oh yes - and remarkably the author is english.