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This is a book I have read twice Once when I was very young and very pro IRA And then later when I was mature enough to put aside an ingrained hatred of the British Both times I was fascinated The Charlestown I grew up in had Bobby Sands graffiti There was money collected for NORAID So I was very indignant on Devlin s behalf My grandmother s father was killed 60 or 70 years before for violating a curfew The second time I was better informed about what an abomination the IRA was and I s This is a book I have read twice Once when I was very young and very pro IRA And then later when I was mature enough to put aside an ingrained hatred of the British Both times I was fascinated The Charlestown I grew up in had Bobby Sands graffiti There was money collected for NORAID So I was very indignant on Devlin s behalf My grandmother s father was killed 60 or 70 years before for violating a curfew The second time I was better informed about what an abomination the IRA was and I saw Devlin s socialism for what it was But it didn t change how her life amazed me Incredible story of Devlin s fight for justice and freedom It definately makes you see the struggles in a new light. To gain that which is worth having, it may be be necessary to lose everything else Bernadette DevlinMy all time favorite quote, from this incredible woman. This book made me a socialist Need I say Written in 1969 by a 20 year old Catholic who a year later became the youngest ever Member of Parliament Gives an on the scene picture of life in Derry in 1968 1969 Very controversial just ask Tim or Annie about the miniskirt she wore on a trip to Chicago in the 1970s This novel explores the childhood and young adulthood of Bernadette Devlin who was appointed as the youngest female MP in 1969 Her account explores her motives for becoming involved in People s Democracy as it highlights the discrimination and oppression which Catholics faced in the North of Ireland at that time, and her efforts to challenge the Unionist dominated government in order to effect ajust and equitable society A gripping account of a difficult period in Ireland s history writt This novel explores the childhood and young adulthood of Bernadette Devlin who was appointed as the youngest female MP in 1969 Her account explores her motives for becoming involved in People s Democracy as it highlights the discrimination and oppression which Catholics faced in the North of Ireland at that time, and her efforts to challenge the Unionist dominated government in order to effect ajust and equitable society A gripping account of a difficult period in Ireland s history written with compassion, insight and a ready wit Highly recommended Devlin write this, her autobiography, when she was all of 23 years old Had it been anyone else I would have considered it ridiculous, a juvenile pretention, but Bernadette Devlin was one of the primary fighters for Irish freedom during the tumultuous 1960s, 70s, and 80s, and given how events played out, it is likely that she wrote this while fully anticipating that she d be killed in the struggle fairly early on Goodness knows, the British cops tried Here s a bit of background information f Devlin write this, her autobiography, when she was all of 23 years old Had it been anyone else I would have considered it ridiculous, a juvenile pretention, but Bernadette Devlin was one of the primary fighters for Irish freedom during the tumultuous 1960s, 70s, and 80s, and given how events played out, it is likely that she wrote this while fully anticipating that she d be killed in the struggle fairly early on Goodness knows, the British cops tried Here s a bit of background information from Wikipedia On 16 January 1981 she and her husband were shot by members of the Ulster Freedom Fighters, who broke into their home near Coalisland, County Tyrone The gunmen shot Devlin fourteen times in front of her children British soldiers were watching the McAliskey home at the time, but failed to prevent the assassination attempt, indeed it has been claimed that Devlin s assassination was ordered by British authorities and that collusion was a factor An army patrol of the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, entered the house and waited for half an hour Bernadette Devlin McAliskey has claimed they were waiting for the couple to die Another group of soldiers then arrived and transported her by helicopter to a nearby hospital The paramilitaries had torn out the telephone and while the wounded couple were being given first aid by the newly arrived troops, a soldier ran to a neighbour s house, commandeered a car, and drove to the home of a councillor to telephone for help The couple were taken by helicopter to hospital in nearby Dungannon for emergency treatment and then to the Musgrave Park Hospital, Military Wing, in Belfast, under intensive care Soon after her recovery, the author activist went on a speaking tour, and this reviewer was able to hear her talk when she came to the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio Her intelligence, eloquence, and fierce, courageous nationalism left me spellbound And yet, it was only recently that I learned she d written a memoir over a decade earlier I was evenamazed to find that it was available for sale, albeit used and fairly banged up all praise to the internet And so this time, instead of heaping praise upon the publishers, I will thank my youngest son for securing a copy for me at Christmas It was worth the wait.Devlin was orphaned, along with her sisters and brothers, when she was still a teenager She and her siblings had a conversation and decided that they would raise themselves, rather than be parceled out to relatives and neighbors, broken up like pieces of a candy bar to be distributed willy nilly by the church But her parents left her a legacy, one that said not to let anyone shove a Devlin around One of my favorite moments in her engaging narrative is early on, when her mother is being attended by a physician for a fallen arch in one foot The doctor s solution is to tightly bind it in hopes it will grow back to its proper configuration, but instead it becomes desperately deformed One day when the doctor is rebandaging it, her mother complains of pain, and the doctor replies that there is no real pain he says her mother is merely neurotic In response, her mother raises her good foot and kicks the man across the room A woman after my own heart.But the best passages, as the reader might expect, are those detailing the struggle for civil rights in Northern Ireland, and in particular the struggle based on social class regardless of religion She tells of the horrific events of Bloody Sunday, when a peaceful parade including small children and babies in their strollers is gunned down by cops Devlin speaks of the evil delight she sees on the faces of violent cops as they beat people down at an earlier demonstration.There are lessons to be learned here, and now is the time to learn them Remarkably enough, there are still copies of this historical treasure for sale, used Anyone that is interested in the Irish freedom struggle cop violence or Irish history should find a copy now, while you can still get them cheaply Bernadette Devlin was the youngest person ever elected as a Member of Parliament when she was voted in in 1968, at the inception of what came to be known as the Northern Ireland Troubles In this book she tells about the development of her political consciousness and her sense of impotence and frustration with the politics of the six counties of Ulster under British control She tells in chilling and also at times humorous detail of the march from Belfast to Derry under constant scrutiny by Br Bernadette Devlin was the youngest person ever elected as a Member of Parliament when she was voted in in 1968, at the inception of what came to be known as the Northern Ireland Troubles In this book she tells about the development of her political consciousness and her sense of impotence and frustration with the politics of the six counties of Ulster under British control She tells in chilling and also at times humorous detail of the march from Belfast to Derry under constant scrutiny by British police and harassment from Unionists She describes the Battle of the Bogside, the Catholic slum of Derry now immortalized by the sign that reads You are now entering Free Derry and the site, in 1971, of the infamous Bloody Sunday killing of thirteen unarmed civilians at the hands of British troops While this book was written before that day of infamy, her description leaves little doubt as the inevitability of some such clash occurring She is no Republican, however, though she is clearlysympathetic to the IRA and Sinn Fein than to their Unionist counterparts She advocates clearly and consistently for socialism as the only real solution to Ireland s woes and has as little faith in the Republic to the south as she does in the colonial power headquartered at Westminster, or in the Catholic Church that she views as ultimately complicit in the maintenance of the status quo Like James Connolly, the Irish patriot and socialist who was executed by the British for his part in the 1916 Easter Uprising, and like his 18th Century predecessor Wolfe Tone, she sees the religious division in Northern Ireland as a giant red herring diverting attention and energy away from the class struggle against the root causes of economic and social injustice Hers is a voice uniquely passionate, opinionated, and candid This is an engaging read of great historical importance Bernadette Devlin s book tells two stories The story of the real flesh and blood Bernadette If you eat up all the bread at teatime, there won t be anything for breakfast She tells the story of personal bottom level poverty, of her combined struggle to go to university and to look after her orphaned brothers and sistersof how she became involved in Civil Rights, and what happened when her people chose her as their MPThe story of the rage behind the Ulster riots You come to a factory, looking for a job, and they ask you which school you went to If its name was Saint Somebody , they know you are a Catholic and you don t get taken on In vivid detail, she brings to life the situation which has focused world attention on the North of Irelandthe early marches, and then the shootings, the burnings, the barricadeshow she went to America to help her people rebuild their homesand how she feels today Autobiography at age 22 It makes sense for Bernadette who arises from the cauldron of northern Ireland as the attempt to emulate the peaceful civil rights marches of the American civil rights movement runs into the reality that any marching in northern Ireland is a magnet for violence 1969 and the lid blows off in northern Ireland and her election to the house of commons is only a prelude to a thirty year civil war and Bernadette moves into the shadows of history Her refusal to embrace the IR Autobiography at age 22 It makes sense for Bernadette who arises from the cauldron of northern Ireland as the attempt to emulate the peaceful civil rights marches of the American civil rights movement runs into the reality that any marching in northern Ireland is a magnet for violence 1969 and the lid blows off in northern Ireland and her election to the house of commons is only a prelude to a thirty year civil war and Bernadette moves into the shadows of history Her refusal to embrace the IRA and her audacity to have a child out of wedlock marginalize her in the catholic community