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Killing Thatcher


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Rory Carroll, currently the Guardian's chief Ireland correspondent, was a 12-year-old living in Dublin at the time and remembers the scenes in the aftermath of the Brighton bombing. Rory has had a long and highly successful career as a foreign correspondent reporting from Belfast in the 1990s, London, Baghdad during and after the American invasion, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Los Angeles. In 2013 his first book, COMANDANTE: Hugo Chavez's Venezuela (Penguin Press and Canongate) was published. In 2018 he returned to Dublin and found himself spellbound by the memoirs, biographies, police reports, court records, testimonies and eyewitness accounts of a story which he had assumed was familiar but was anything but. KILLING THATCHER is born from that fascination.


‘A gripping, detailed and richly layered account… [an excellent book]’ – Guardian, Book of the Day ‘Meticulous historical journalism… A compelling read’ – The Sunday Times ‘A book as taut as a fictional thriller, [a] gripping story… [an] excellent book’ – Mail on Sunday, 5 stars ‘A gripping modern history book’ – The Independent ‘A gripping book…brilliantly retold by Rory Carroll, whose depth of research is matched by his gift for vivid description’ – Daily Express ‘[A] fascinating book …. A tautly written account’ – New Statesman ‘[A] gripping tale’ – The Economist ‘A tense, blow-by-blow account’ – The Scotsman ‘Carroll turns the story into the most gripping thriller imaginable. He covers the political background of Northern Ireland’s Troubles with brisk efficiency, but the real fascination lies in the countdown to the assassination attempt, the tension building with every page. As Carroll notes, things could have been very different, as “history pirouetted on a twist of geometry”’ – Dominic Sandbrook, The Sunday Times

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