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The Hunger Strike of 1981
- A Selected Reading List

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Page Compiled: Fionnuala McKenna and Martin Melaugh

This section contains a DRAFT list of some of the most relevant works on the subject of the Hunger Strikes of 1981. The reader should also consult the CAIN bibliography for other references to this event.

Key Texts

Beresford, David. (1987). Ten Men Dead: The Story of the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike. London: Grafton. ... [2114]

Campbell, Brian., McKeown, Laurence., and O'Hagan, Felim. (eds) (1994). Nor Meekly Serve My Time: The H-Block Struggle of 1976-1981. Belfast: Beyond the Pale Publications. ... [2371]

Collins, Tom. (1986). The Irish Hunger Strike. Dublin and Belfast: White Island Book Co. ... [2418]

Faul, Denis., and Murray, Raymond. (1981). Hunger Strikes: the Search for Solutions. Armagh: The Authors. ... [2856]

Morrison, Danny. (ed.) (2006). Hunger Strike: Reflections on the 1981 Hunger Strike. Cork: Brandon Books. ... [11191]

O'Malley, Padraig. (1990). Biting at the Grave: the Irish Hunger Strikes and the Politics of Despair. Belfast: Blackstaff. ... [1490]

O'Rawe, Richard. (2005). Blanketmen: An Untold Story of the H-block Hunger Strike. Dublin: New Island. ... [10864]

Ross, F. Stuart. (2011). Smashing H-Block: The Popular Campaign against Criminalization and the Irish Hunger Strikes 1976-1982. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. ... [17512]


General Reference Texts

Bardon, Jonathan. (1992) A History of Ulster. Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
Bew, Paul., and Gillespie, Gordon. (1999) Northern Ireland: A Chronology of the Troubles 1968-1999. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan.
Coogan, Tim Pat. (1995) The Troubles: Ireland's Ordeal 1966-1996 and the Search for Peace. London: Hutchinson.
Elliott, Sydney., and Flakes, W.D. (1999) Northern Ireland: A Political Directory 1968-1999 Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
McKittrick, David. (2000) Making Sense of the Troubles. Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
McKittrick, David., Kelters, Seamus., Feeney, Brian., and Thornton, Chris. (1999) Lost Lives: The stories of the men, women and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland troubles. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing.
Sutton, Malcolm. (1994) An Index of Deaths from the Conflict in Ireland 1969-1993. Belfast: Beyond the Pale. [See also the revised and updated Sutton Index of Deaths.]


See also the list of source material for this section.

CAIN contains information and source material on the conflict and politics in Northern Ireland.
CAIN is based within Ulster University.

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