Number 4: One Day In My Life by Bobby Sands
Selected by: Bernie.
First published: 1983 (having being written on ‘toilet paper with a biro refill’ in Long Kesh three years earlier).
Why: “Owing to it being written by an undaunted man of such tender years, who sacrificed his life for five very basic human demands.”
Reading experience: “It’s the most harrowing and raw book that I have read to date, detailing the sadistic, punishing torture and beatings of a man by prison guards. No matter how vicious and cowardly they were to him, and the other nine men also on hunger strike, they could not break them’.”
Ongoing resonance: “I read this book aged 13 his words (and the unchecked acts of the prison officers) remain ingrained on my brain and heart. He and the other nine hunger strikers paid the ultimate price in a war they should never have had to fight. Bobby Sands’ poem, ‘The Rhythm Of Time’ is a poem that everyone should read, also, the strength of his unflinching spirit is something I still draw on, in testing times.”
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Previously: Great Irish Fiction: Number 3