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Heiress, Rebel, Vigilante, Bomber

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She grew up in a Chelsea townhouse and on a Devon estate. In 1958, she was presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace as a debutante. At Oxford, she trained as an academic economist and had a love affair with a female professor (who was herself on the rebound from Iris Murdoch). At thirty, having earned her doctorate, she commenced giving her inheritance away to the poor. In 1972, the deadliest year of the Northern Irish Troubles, she travelled to Ireland and joined the IRA. Sean O’Driscoll 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 station; 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.

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‘Fascinating . . . O’Driscoll’s research is impressive’ Ben Macintyre, The Times

‘It would be hard to overstate how good this book is . . . a fantastic read’ Sunday Independent

‘Superb . . . an even-handed and thrilling gallop through [Dugdale’s] improbable life’ Daily Telegraph

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 travelled 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.
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‘Possibly the most extraordinary book you’ll read this year’ Irish Examiner

‘Jaw-dropping’ Joe Duffy

‘Generous and well researched’ LRB

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Additional information

Weight 0.611 kg
Dimensions 24 × 16.2 × 3.4 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

288

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

941.60824092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K