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Fast-paced and thrilling, this powerful Troubles novel explores significant legacy issues of the northern conflict and how past deeds can never truly be forgotten.
An evocative memoir that explores the Troubles in Northern Ireland and their legacy, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the start of the armed violence that marked the beginning of this period.
'Loathed, loved, terrorist to some, brilliant political strategist to others - what do we make of Gerry Adams? Malachi O'Doherty, one of Northern Ireland's most fearless journalists and writers, has gone further than anyone else to disentangle it all in this impressively measured and stylishly written biography - an illuminating read.' - Professor Marianne Elliott How did Gerry Adams grow from a revolutionary street activist - in perpetual danger of arrest and assassination - into the leader of Sinn Fein, with intimate access to the British and Irish Prime Ministers and the US President? And how has he outlasted them all?Drawing on newly available intelligence and scores of exclusive interviews, Malachi O'Doherty's meticulously researched biography sheds light on the history of this extraordinary shape-shifter. O'Doherty grew up on a 1950s Belfast housing estate, behind IRA barricades in his teens, and witnessed the start of the Troubles first hand; he is uniquely placed to expose the real man behind the myths in this compelling study. O'Doherty's experience as a journalist - at the BBC, on Belfast's newspapers, as correspondent for the Scotsman during the peace process, and as a commentator on Northern Irish affairs for the New Statesman - informs this authoritative account of one of the world's most controversial politicians.
'And yes, I was a sixty-year-old man who wanted to be young again, and that's laughable for there is no turning back the years, but I didn't think it was funny. I wasn't going to try and win the Tour de France. But I was going to try to do what I had been able to do at thirty, and, what the hell, I was going to be a fitter, trimmer and happier old man at the end of it.'Four years ago, Donegal-born Belfast-based journalist, broadcaster, and Writer-in-Residence in QUB Malachi O'Doherty shook the cobwebs off the old bicycle parked in his backyard and found that he had grown too fat to ride it comfortably. He got rid of it. But in just a few months, everything changed. Malachi, approaching sixty, found that he had type 2 diabetes.Follow Malachi on a journey that takes us along the west coast of Ireland and over the drumlins of County Down as he rediscovers cycling - the frets, the struggles, and most of all, the joys. A wonderful read for anyone 50+ - or of any age - with an interest in cycling and general health and fitness.