Killing Thatcher: The IRA, the Manhunt and the Long War on the Crown

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Killing Thatcher: The IRA, the Manhunt and the Long War on the Crown

Killing Thatcher: The IRA, the Manhunt and the Long War on the Crown

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You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Killing Thatcher is even-handed, never shying away from the conditions and deprivations that led young men like the Brighton bomber Patrick Magee to sign up to kill. It exploded in the early hours of 12 October 1984, a few hours before Thatcher was due to give her address to the Conservative Party conference. Margaret Tebbit, wife of the prominent minister Norman Tebbit, was among the seriously injured, having fallen through four floors. Margaret Thatcher was the perfect opponent for the Provisional IRA, as implacable in her belief that right was on her side as they were in theirs.

Thank you for coming”, she is recorded as saying to the emergency workers, who just didn’t know what to make of her. Magee, like so many from his background, had little opportunity at school, or thereafter, to make the most of an intelligent mind. It was the last day of the Conservative Party Conference at the Grand Hotel in the coastal town of Brighton, England. When he was home secretary in the mid-1960s, Roy Jenkins suggested that the uniformed policeman who was detailed to stand outside his door might come inside and make himself useful as a part-time footman. Moreover, on the advice of a sympathetic engineer who studied the hotel, the bomb was placed so as to bring the chimney stack down on those below, effectively using the building itself as the real weapon.Rory has had a long and highly successful career as a foreign correspondent reporting from Belfast in the 1990s, London, Baghdad during and after the American invasion, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Los Angeles. Certainly, Thatcher and the British military bear a share of responsibility for that cost, but it remains the fact that the IRA killed more human beings and more civilians than any other armed actor in the conflict. He notes, in the understated tone that characterises the book, the revelation that struck Magee 16 years later when Berry’s daughter Joanne asked to meet him: “for the first time [he] perceived Anthony Berry as something other than a Tory.

Biography: Rory Carroll, currently the Guardian's chief Ireland correspondent, was a 12-year-old living in Dublin at the time and remembers the scenes in the aftermath of the Brighton bombing.In this fascinating and compelling book, veteran journalist Rory Carroll retraces the road to the infamous Brighton bombing in 1984 an incident that shaped the political landscape in the UK for decades to come. Mrs Thatcher was still fully dressed and polishing her speech for the final day of the Conservative Party conference when the bomb exploded five floors above her at 2. Carroll has conducted over a hundred interviews but he does not really have much to add to what we already know about the Northern Ireland Troubles.

For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password. Of the three principal players, it is Magee who emerges as the most enigmatic, unknowable character, a drifter whose life was given form by adherence to a single defining cause. KILLING THATCHER is the gripping account of how the IRA came astonishingly close to killing Margaret Thatcher and to wiping out the British Cabinet – an extraordinary assassination attempt linked to the Northern Ireland Troubles and the most daring conspiracy against the Crown since the Gunpowder Plot. Less than three months later IRA bombs targeting Falklands veterans killed 11 soldiers in London’s Hyde Park and Regent’s Park on the same day.

There Will Be Fire is journalistic nonfiction that reads like a thriller, propelled by a countdown to detonation.

This book not only investigates the events around that day in depth, but also evokes the time period of the Troubles very well. One of the injured, Donald McClean, related how when he went for an X-ray, the radiographer had an Irish accent. In an interview in 2002, he said: “I regret that people were killed; I don’t regret the fact that I was involved in a struggle. In this fascinating and compelling book, veteran journalist Rory Carroll retraces the road to the infamous Brighton bombing in 1984 - an incident that shaped the political landscape in the UK for decades to come. In 2013 his first book, COMANDANTE: Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela (Penguin Press and Canongate) was published.Within six months the IRA had assassinated Lord Louis Mountbatten with a bomb that exploded as his boat exited Mullughmore harbour in Co Sligo. Today we were unlucky, but remember we have only to be lucky once, you will have to be lucky always. Opening with a brilliantly-paced prologue that introduces bomber Patrick Magee in the build up to the incident, Carroll sets out to deftly explore the intrigue before and after the assassination attempt – with the story spanning three continents, from pubs and palaces, safe houses and interrogation rooms, hotels and barracks. He begins with the infamous execution of Lord Mountbatten in 1979 - for which the IRA took full responsibility - before tracing the rise of Margaret Thatcher, her response to the 'Troubles' in Ireland and the chain of events that culminated in the hunger strikes of 1981 and the death of 10 republican prisoners, including Bobby Sands. Thatcher is certainly no hero of mine, I'm well over the other side of the political spectrum, but to try and kill an elected leader, without any thought of others in the hotel (staff etc) is so abhorrent to everything a democracy stands for, that it is fascinating to get into the minds of the people who wanted to do it.



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