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Belfast Telegraph's Ruth Dudley Edwards turns her pen on the seven leaders of the 1916 Rising

By Staff Reporter

Author, historian, political commentator and Belfast Telegraph columnist Ruth Dudley Edwards launched her latest book in Belfast last night.

Her new publication, The Seven, profiles the seven signatories of the Easter Rising proclamation.

It follows on from her earlier work, the first warts-and-all biography of leading rebel Patrick Pearse, which was called Patrick Pearse: The Triumph of Failure, and was published in 1977.

Her latest offering, published to coincide with the centenary of the Easter Rising, is an extended look at the main rebels involved in the rebellion.

One reviewer described Dudley Edwards' writing as distinctly original. "There are plenty of passages of spiky originality, put-downs and insight," they said.

"The strength of the book lies in her skilful knitting together of societal, intellectual, religious, political and cultural influences on the seven men and their family backgrounds.

"She refers to them at the outset as an 'apparently ill-matched group', but certain common strands become apparent: a distaste for sectarianism, weariness with the 'inveterate squabbling' of the Gaelic League and Irish-language politics, and the quest for some kind of purity of mission."

The Seven: The Lives and Legacies of the Founding Fathers of the Irish Republic by Ruth Dudley Edwards is published by Oneworld Publications, and is available for £18.99

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