Free Read Friday – The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict

Posted on August 06, 2015 by Heather Gallagher

It’s time to add another LUP title to your Free Read Friday collection!

For 24 hours you can download our selected ebook title of the month for free by following the instructions listed a short scroll away.

Our chosen free ebook download for August is:

The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict by Stephen Hopkins

This book examines memoir-writing by many of the key political actors in the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ (1969–1998), and argues that memoir has been a neglected dimension of the study of the legacies of the violent conflict. It investigates these sources in the context of ongoing disputes over how to interpret Northern Ireland’s recent past. A careful reading of these memoirs can provide insights into the lived experience and retrospective judgments of some of the main protagonists of the conflict. The period of relative peace rests upon an uneasy calm in Northern Ireland. Many people continue to inhabit contested ideological territories, and in their strategies for shaping the narrative ‘telling’ of the conflict, key individuals within the Protestant Unionist and Catholic Irish Nationalist communities can appear locked into exclusive and self-justifying discourses. In such circumstances, while some memoirists have been genuinely self-critical, many others have utilised a post-conflict language of societal reconciliation in order to mask a strategy that actually seeks to score rhetorical victories and to discomfort traditional enemies. Memoir-writing is only one dimension of the current ad hoc approach to ‘dealing with the past’ in Northern Ireland, but in the absence of any consensus regarding an overarching ‘truth and reconciliation’ process, this is likely to be the pattern for the foreseeable future. This study provides the first comprehensive analysis of a major resource for understanding the conflict.

‘A short yet comprehensive account of Troubles-related memoir that can benefit anyone who wants to read about Northern Ireland’s recent history.
Malachi O'Doherty, The Irish Times
‘Written in a clear, uncluttered style, this is an important work that provides the first comprehensive analysis of the importance of memoir in understanding the conflict
in Northern Ireland.
Professor Henry Patterson, University of Ulster


We are especially delighted to give you a little something extra this month too with the addition of an author Q&A, which you can read exclusively here: 


Follow the instructions below to begin the download and to start enjoying your Free Read Friday. 


How to download The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict by Stephen Hopkins:

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  5. Click to enter your discount code where prompted, entering FreeReadFridayand click ‘APPLY’
  6. Press continue to complete your order, your account will not be charged.
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  10. Closing the installer once set up is complete will open the programme
  11. From here, simply go to File > Add to Library > then select your download of The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict to begin reading
  12. Enjoy!



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Previous titles have included:

Mike Ashley’s The Time Machines: The Story of the Science-Fiction Pulp Magazines from the Beginning to 1950.

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