John Hume was a key architect of the Good Friday Agreement, bringing peace to Northern Ireland after decades of conflict.

But who was the real John Hume? What motivated the former history teacher to reach beyond political lines? What sustained him during the bloody years of violence and how did he convince the IRA to end its long-running campaign? How did he persuade presidents and prime ministers to take risks and back his vision for Northern Ireland? How should John Hume be remembered?

Stephen Walker combines over 100 interviews with many of Hume’s colleagues, critics and family members, with never-before-published interviews with Hume himself to present a comprehensive portrait of one of the most significant political figures in Northern Ireland and around the world.

Stephen Walker is an award-winning journalist who has covered Northern Irish politics for over 30 years, most recently as a political correspondent with BBC Northern Ireland. He is the author of Forgotten Soldiers, Hide and Seek and Ireland’s Call. He lives in County Down.

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ISBN/EAN 9780717196081
Author Stephen Walker
Publisher Gill Books
Publication date 12 Oct 2023
Format Hardback
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John Hume: The Persuader

The definitive biography of John Hume, peacemaker, politician, Nobel laureate, and a titan of Irish political history

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