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The astonishing story of the English heiress who devoted her life to the IRA.

She grew up in a Chelsea townhouse and on a Devon estate.

She was presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace as a debutante in 1958.

She trained at Oxford as an academic economist and had a love affair with a female professor (who was on the rebound from Iris Murdoch).

At 30, she commenced giving her inheritance away to the poor.

In 1972, the deadliest year of the Northern Irish Troubles, she travelled to Ireland and joined the IRA.

Sean O'Driscoll's Heiress, Rebel, Vigilante, Bomber tells the astonishing story of Rose Dugdale, who went on to become a committed terrorist, participating in a major art heist and a bombing raid on a police and army barracks, who kept a pregnancy secret for nine months in prison and gave birth there and who ended up at the heart of the IRA's bomb-making operation during its deadly final spasms in the 1990s. Heiress, Rebel, Vigilante, Bomber is both the thrilling biography of a remarkable woman and a ground-breaking account of the inner workings of a terrorist organisation.

©2022 Sean O'Driscoll (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Great Book, well done to the author

Rose Dugdale was my school teacher so i had a good idea of her background. This book explains her story with great detail and unlike other books this one had access to a lot of the players involved. Fascinating insight to Rose and her story. Roll on the Netflix series

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A Book Of Half Truths And Fiction

Well, what can I say? It starts off very well and is a nicely narrated mixture of public domain, court and prison records with a few interviews, but then midway it sort of becomes tangled up in what I’d describe as fiction, unreliable interviews and supposition.

Giving it some merit, it is better than Anthony Amore’s effort, which feels like reading a laborious and very long policeman’s notepad. That one is as dull as dishwater.

However, back to Sean. It starts off well (with a touch of Merchant Ivory and Peaky Blinders) and then falls apart into some kind of shabby TV series. I sat listening (with great interest) thinking mostly, “That is not what I heard and doesn’t represent them as they actually are. That fact is definitely a fiction and is contrary to what I and my family know.”

***If you are looking for facts, the first 13 chapters seem more or less in the ball park of being close to the truth. Or at least in facts’ orbit and it is pleasant to listen to. After 13th chapter it all gets wildly sketchy***

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Really well written

A fantastic story
Well written and narrated

I can highly recommend this audio book

Gripping story

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Brilliant

A thoroughly entertaining account of a fascinating life well lived. Narrated very well, historically sound.
I can't recommend it highly enough.

“Be moderate,” the trimmers cry,
Who dread the tyrants’ thunder.
“ You ask too much and people fly
From you aghast in wonder.”
’Tis passing strange, for I declare
Such statements give me mirth,
For our demands most moderate are,
We only want the earth.