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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099472171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099472179
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,557,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This vital, powerful book tells a story of loss, resilience and terrorism... Distinguished historian and journalist Ruth Dudley Edwards was centrally involved in the bringing of this Omagh civil case. In her impressive and vivid book, Aftermath, she becomes the families' crusading chronicler... this book...recounts a remarkable story of victims' resilience and vindication, and deserves to be very widely read" -- Richard English Irish Times "A remarkable and moving story, told in masterly fashion by Ruth Dudley Edwards. Her narrative grips from the start. It is as compelling as a thriller and displays the sympathetic imagination of a great novel... This is an extraordinary and uplifting story of how a group of ordinary people managed to get the justice they sought. It is beautifully told" -- Allan Massie Scotsman "The Omagh families have not only held terrorists to account for the death of their loved ones; their legacy is a new legal remedy for victims of violence everywhere" -- Liam Clark Sunday Times "A moving and thrilling story about brave people who turned tragedy into triumph" Peter Mandelson "The merit of Ruth Dudley Edwards's valuable book about the Omagh families' "pursuit of justice" is that it meticulously chronicles how they did so, charting the enormous efforts involved in raising large amounts of money and getting the case under way" Independent

About the Author

Ruth Dudley Edwards is an historian, journalist, and crime writer. Her non-fiction includes Newspapermen; The Pursuit of Reason: The Economist, 1843-1993; and Victor Gollancz: A Biography—winner of the James Tate Black Memorial Prize. Her eleven crime novels are satires on the British Establishment.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juan Campos Calvo Sotelo on April 16, 2012
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A moving book, specially the first and last chapters which describe the cruelty of terrorism and the ruin and suffering it brings to so many lives.
It is interesting to learn something about the extraordinary legal and economic difficulties of making a civil case against terrorists.
Though at times one gets a bit confused with so many names of people not sufficiently outlined,all in in all it is a reassuring and interesting book.
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"What this book presents is a roller coaster ride of emotions and over the top graphic descriptions of the mangled bodies and medical procedures"

Nothing is over the top when describing the mangled bodies. The top two ratings are unappropriate in the circumstances.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. Denis Hanley on December 23, 2011
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I am a well-read Irish Republican. The subject matter of the numerous books I have read has been alarming, disturbing, gut wrenching, eye opening and informative. The writing style of the authors of these books is scholarly, researched based, at times dry, and to the point while mincing no words. The politics and political maneuvering of Sinn Fein is noteworthy for its ability to gain inroads into the Unionist government while paying a hefty price
(the formation of the RIRA is one example).
By reading "Aftermath", I had hoped to be apprised concerning all matters of the Omagh bombing.
What this book presents is a roller coaster ride of emotions and over the top graphic descriptions of the mangled bodies and medical procedures. To what end I wondered. My deduction would be to thoroughly repulse the reader into becoming a fellow hater of Irish Republicanism and all we stand for. Ms Edwards may have swayed the opinions of some, but certainly not me.
Ms Edwards admits to being a fictional crime writer. Her foray into non-fiction is obvious and substandard.
Ms Edwards hardly misses an opportunity to dismiss Irish Republicanism out of hand. Without full knowledge and a complete understanding (approval is not needed) of Republicanism and the events that have taken place in the Six Counties since 1969, crafting a fact based presentation is problematic. Ms Edwards has failed in her endeavor.

For the author's tiresome bias, I would not recommend this book.
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