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An Untold Story of the H-Block Hunger Strike


224 Pages, 5.30 x 8.45

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $17.99 (US $17.99) (CA $24.99)

Publication Date: May 2016

ISBN 9781848405547

Rights: US & CA

New Island (May 2016)

Price: $17.99


Richard O’Rawe was a senior IRA prisoner in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh Prison. One of the ‘Blanketmen’, he took part in the dirty protests that led to the hunger strikes of the early 1980s. In Blanketmen, O’Rawe gives his personal account of those turbulent times that saw British and Irish governments entering unprecedented negotiations with the IRA Army Council and the prisoners themselves. Passionate, disturbing and controversial, this remains a landmark book in the cruel history of Northern Ireland. After ten years, and the release of historical state and personal papers, Richard O’Rawe’s assertions in Blanketmen have been vindicated. He has been married to Bernadette for forty years, has three grown-up children, and still lives in west Belfast.

Author Biography

A former IRA prisoner and author of Blanketmen, Afterlives: The Hunger Strike and the Secret Offer that Changed Irish History, and In the Name of the Son: The Gerry Conion Story.