Former IRA volunteer and ex-prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh, 4 years on the blanket and no-wash/no work protests which led to the hunger strikes of the 80s. Completed PhD at Queens upon release from prison. Left the Republican Movement at the endorsement of the Good Friday Agreement, and went on to become a journalist. Co-founder of The Blanket, an online magazine that critically analyzed the Irish peace process. Lead researcher for the Belfast Project, an oral history of the Troubles.
After all the recent stories about the Hunger Strike, I decided to re-read Ten Dead Men, and was instantly reminded why I dont re-read regularly like other books. There is something about the constant countdowns in Bobby's weight that brings out a tension, not an enjoyable read. I stopped this time at Bobbys remark "Im dying Bik". I dont think Ill finish it this time.ReplyDelete