By Thomas Hennessey
Based on recently declassified British government documents, Thomas Hennessey presents a detailed account of the extraordinary battle of wills between Margaret Thatcher and the Provisional IRA that dramatically peaked with the Republican hunger strikes of 1980-81. Described by Richard English as a "substantial account of an important episode", this new history is as revealing as it is rich.
New Releases - Autumn 2013
Irish Academic Press is pleased to announce our new books programme for Autumn 2013. Exciting new releases will cover many aspects of Irish history and literature, from a groundbreaking study of the Irish-American Fenians responsible for the devastating bombing campaign in Victorian Britain, in War in the Shadows, to Thomas Hennessey's comprehensive and detailed account of the 1980-81 republican Hunger Strikes.
In a major new biography of John Redmond, Dermot Meleady explores the key political years of Ireland's leading parliamentarian of the time, while two new books offer fresh perspectives on the revolutionary upheaval of the period that was pivotal to Redmond's demise: Easter Rising 1916: The Trials and Ground Truths: British Army Operations in the Irish War of Independence.
Local history is examined in Seán Beattie's compelling study of the transformative work of the Congested Districts Board on his native county in Donegal in Transition, while a new collection of essays edited by David Convery explores fascinating new aspects of twentieth century Irish labour history in Locked-Out: A Century of Irish Working-Class Life. John Coakley and Kevin Rafter have collected the first major examination of the role of the The Irish Presidency since 1932, and and rounding up our history list for the new season is John Regan's provocative work on contemporary historiography: Myth and the Irish State: Historical Problems and Other Essays.
Our new literature list includes a comprehensive study of Martin McDonagh's theatrical and cinematic work in From Leenane to L.A, while poet Leontia Flynn explores the work of her fellow Ulster poet Medbh McGuckian.
To conclude our new titles, we're honoured to be publishing an extraordinary celebration of the immense contribution to Irish arts and literature by the acclaimed poet and publisher Peter Fallon. In this beautifully produced special edition, a truly distinguished line-up of Irish writers pay tribute to Peter in prose and verse, including two significant and previously unpublished pieces by the late Seamus Heaney, and also including contributions from Derek Mahon, Ciaran Carson, Paul Muldoon, Medbh McGuckian, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Dennis ODriscoll, Conor O'Callaghan and Vona Groarke.
Established in 2012, Merrion is our popular history imprint which aims to publish a selection of accessible Irish history titles for the more general reader. So far we've released eight titles including books on Tom Clarke, Glenveagh Mystery, John Charles McQuaid, Elsie Henry, the Irish Hellfire Clubs, the fate of Irish soldiers after the World War Two, a social history of Tipperary during the years of the First World War, and a commemorative re-issue of F.X. Martin's classic work on The Irish Volunteers. This autumn's forthcoming Merrion titles, as detailed above, are John Redmond, Easter Rising 1916, War in the Shadows, and Donegal in Transition.