A Walk Through the Burns Stacks: Troubles Thrillers

Seymour, Gerald. Harry’s Game. London : Fontana, 1977. Irish Collection, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Seymour, Gerald. Harry’s Game. London : Fontana, 1977, PR6069.E734 H37 1977 Irish.

The images in this Flickr set are covers of books commonly known as Troubles thrillers – books that reflect aspects of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland in that big, bright fiction genre, the “action thriller”.   The Burns Library acquired Bill Rolston’s collection of Troubles thrillers in 2008, and these volumes are now a part of the Library’s Irish Collection. Dr. Rolston is Professor of Sociology at the University of Ulster and has researched and written on the subject of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the corresponding peace process. He is best known for his work on the subject of Northern Ireland’s political murals. In 2010 he was appointed Director of the University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Institute .

  • Shelley Barber, Library/Archives Assistant, Burns Library

About John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boston College

The University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance. Burns Library staff work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at Boston College, offering access to unique primary sources through instruction sessions, exhibits, and programming. The Burns Library also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections. The Burns Library is home to more than 200,000 volumes and over 700 manuscript collections, including holdings of music, photographic materials, art and artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitica; Fine printing; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925-1975; Boston history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional archives.
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