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The Billy Boy By Chris Anderson

The Billy Boy

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Revered by loyalists, despised by nationalists, Wright is reputed to have been involved in a number of sectarian murders before he himself was shot dead by republican gunmen inside the Maze Prison in 1997. This title charts his early life and his involvement with loyalist paramilitaries.
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The Billy Boy by Chris Anderson

Revered and respected by loyalists, despised and feared by nationalists, Wright is reputed to have been involved in a number of sectarian murders before he himself was shot dead by republican gunmen inside the Maze Prison in 1997. This book charts his chequered early life and details his involvement with loyalist paramilitaries, which began at the age of 16 when he joined the UVF's junior wing. It traces his footsteps to the early 1990's, when he emerged as the UVF Commander in the Mid-Ulster area and, through a deliberate policy of "taking the war to the enemy", effectively neutered the IRA East Tyrone and North Armagh units. It also documents Wright's role in the Drumcree dispute of 1995-96 and his split from the UVF, recounting how he ignored both a death threat and an order to leave Northern Ireland within 72 hours, only to remain in Portadown and form the Loyalist Volunteer Force. It covers Wright's trial and subsequent imprisonment for a crime it has been claimed was set up by the state, recounts the circumstances of his killing inside a top security prison and investigates the allegations of state collusion in Wright's death.

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Terrifically gripping and often disturbing, The Billy Boy is an exhaustive account of a notorious Irish rebel with a cause, whose life and death were surrounded by controversy and political debate.

About Chris Anderson


Chris Anderson is a former Officer of the Ulster Defence Regiment and also worked for five years in Intelligence Gathering. He is now a freelance journalist and contributes to numerous newspapers including the Irish Times, the Irish Independent and the Belfast Telegraph. He lives in Portadown.

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GOR001902560
The Billy Boy by Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
2002-10-24
212
1840186399
9781840186390
N/A
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