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Heiress, Rebel, Vigilante, Bomber
Heiress, Rebel, Vigilante, Bomber

Heiress, Rebel, Vigilante, Bomber

The Extraordinary Life of Rose Dugdale



368 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.99 (US $18.99)

Publication Date: January 2024

ISBN 9781844885565

Rights: US

Penguin Random House UK (Jan 2024)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: January 2024


The astonishing story of the English heiress who devoted her life to the IRA

She grew up in a Chelsea townhouse and on a Devon estate. She was presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace as a debutante in 1958. She trained at Oxford as an academic economist and had a love affair with a female professor (who was on the rebound from Iris Murdoch). At thirty, she commenced giving her inheritance away to the poor.

In 1972, the deadliest year of the Northern Irish Troubles, she traveled to Ireland and joined the IRA.

Sean O'Driscoll's Heiress, Rebel, Vigilante, Bomber tells the astonishing story of Rose Dugdale, who went on to become a committed terrorist, participating in a major art heist and a bombing raid on a police and army barracks; who kept a pregnancy secret for nine months in prison and gave birth there; and who ended up at the heart of the IRA's bomb-making operation during its deadly final spasms in the 1990s. Heiress, Rebel, Vigilante, Bomber is both the page-turning biography of a remarkable woman and a groundbreaking account of the inner workings of a terrorist organization.


Fascinating . . . O'Driscoll's research is impressive -- The Times

Riveting -- Roy Foster ― TLS

Generous and well researched -- Rosa Lyster ― LRB

An absorbing, well-researched and extremely well-written account of a life that almost defies belief -- David McCullagh ― RTÉ

Superb . . . an even-handed and thrilling gallop through [Dugdale's] improbable life

Daily Telegraph

Possibly the most extraordinary book you'll read this year ― Irish Examiner

Unputdownable . . . jaw-dropping -- Joe Duffy

It would be hard to overstate how good this book is . . . a fantastic read -- Eilis O'Hanlon ―
Sunday Independent

[A] pacey, well-researched book -- Frank Coughlin ― Irish Independent

Well-researched . . . balanced -- Charles Lysaght ― Irish Times

Sean O'Driscoll's fair-minded examination of her extraordinary, often violent life . . . acknowledges her humanity and viciousness ― Observer

Author Biography

Sean O'Driscoll is a journalist and attorney based in Dublin. He is the author of The Accidental Spy, the bestselling true story of an American trucker who became an FBI spy within the IRA. His investigative journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and the Irish Times. He previously worked as an immigration and criminal lawyer in New York and now works as a news editor at the Irish Daily Mail.