The Writings of Bobby Sands, 1954-1981
Published in New York by Irish Northern Aid (Irish Prisoner of War Committee) in May 1981, 35 pages. A5 size Booklet (A9959)
Subtitled 'A Collection of prison writings by H-Block hunger striker Bobby Sands, IRA volunteer and Westminster MP', this very rare booklet was produced by the Irish POW Committee in 1981 in the immeadiate aftermath of Bobby Sands death
Bobby Sands was a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) who died in May 1981 whilst on hunger strike in the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. Several Irish republican prisoners went on hunger strike in protest against the removal of Special Category Status by the Thatcher government, and they demanded recognition as political prisoners (effectively prisoners of war), rather than being classified as criminals.
During his strike Bobby was elected as an MP, and his hunger strike and death generated huge amounts of international publicity and support for the political prisoners campaign, as well as for the wider Republican movement.
Ultimately the hunger strikers were successfull in their main aim, and special category status was re-introduced. Bobby's death also had several other effects - the Thatcher Government was so horrified with his election as an MP that they hurridley introduced a law to stop other hunger strikers getting elected to Parliament (the Representation of the People Act 1981)
Condition of the booklet is generally ok. The cover has several minor scuffs and blemishes, and some light nibbling and yellowing along the edges, but the staple spine is intact and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is some light yellowing to the inside pages throughout, and the booklet has a bump in the top left hand corner, which has caused some light creasing along the same area on some inside pages.