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The Price of My Soul

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Bernadette Devlin's book tells two stories:

The story of 'the real flesh-and-blood Bernadette'
'If you eat up all the bread at teatime, there won't be anything for breakfast...'
She tells the story of personal 'bottom-level' poverty, of her combined struggle to go to university and to look after her orphaned brothers and sisters...of how she became involved in Civil Rights, a
Paperback, 206 pages
Published 1969 by Andre Deutsch
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Devlin writes an explanation of what made her into the person she became, up to the time of publication in 1969. It's a fascinating exploration of the forces at work in Northern Ireland in the 1960s. Writing as both a student activist and a socialist, Devlin underscores what was really at stake for the working class Catholics of Northern Ireland. She argues that the solution to Northern Ireland's (and all of Ireland's) problems lay outside its sectarian issues, and was in reality more about econ ...more
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Mar 21, 2008 Melinda Warner rated it it was amazing
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"To gain that which is worth having, it may be be necessary to lose everything else." - Bernadette Devlin

My all-time favorite quote, from this incredible woman.
Mar 02, 2008 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Incredible story of Devlin's fight for justice and freedom. It definately makes you see "the struggles" in a new light.
Nov 07, 2012 Deirdre rated it it was amazing
This novel explores the childhood and young adulthood of Bernadette Devlin who was appointed as the youngest female MP in 1969. Her account explores her motives for becoming involved in People's Democracy as it highlights the discrimination and oppression which Catholics faced in the North of Ireland at that time, and her efforts to challenge the Unionist dominated government in order to effect a more just and equitable society. A gripping account of a difficult period in Ireland's history writt ...more
Sep 16, 2007 Helen added it
Written in 1969 by a 20 year old Catholic who a year later became the youngest-ever Member of Parliament. Gives an on-the-scene picture of life in Derry in 1968/1969. Very controversial--just ask Tim or Annie about the miniskirt she wore on a trip to Chicago in the 1970s!!
Nov 29, 2010 Shad rated it it was amazing
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I would recommend this to anyone who likes s good autobiography.
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Jan 23, 2012 Melissa Jean rated it liked it
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Read several chapters for a course. Very interesting woman.
May 03, 2008 Bap rated it liked it
Autobiography at age 22? It makes sense for Bernadette who arises from the cauldron of northern Ireland as the attempt to emulate the peaceful civil rights marches of the American civil rights movement runs into the reality that any marching in northern Ireland is a magnet for violence. 1969 and the lid blows off in northern Ireland and her election to the house of commons is only a prelude to a thirty year civil war and Bernadette moves into the shadows of history. Her refusal to embrace the IR ...more
Nov 29, 2010 Marydanielle rated it it was amazing
My dad tried to convert me to the IRA but somehow I resisted. The anti-war movement and my exposure to Quakerism, Christianity, and Eastern philosophy disaffected me from violent revolutionary ideology. Sorry dad.
Carol Cleaveland
Aug 27, 2013 Carol Cleaveland rated it it was amazing
This book made me a socialist. Need I say more?
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I found it very helpful for research.
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Josephine Bernadette Devlin McAliskey (born 23 April 1947), usually known as Bernadette Devlin or Bernadette McAliskey, is an Irish socialist and republican political activist. She served as a Member of the UK Parliament from 1969 to 1974 for the Mid Ulster constituency, in which role she slapped the Home Secretary, Reginald Maudling, as a reaction to his comments on Bloody Sunday. She lost her se ...more
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