Mary Austin

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Among the star witnesses to the American Committee on Conditions in Ireland were Muriel MacSwiney, the wife of Terence MacSwiney who died on hunger strike in Brixton Prison in October 1920, and Terence MacSwiney’s sister Mary. They are among the women pictured in at a memorial service in the Polo Grounds in New York. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

In the early months of 1920, prominent Americans came together to bring international attention to Ireland’s campaign for independence. Their belief i(...)

Circa 1975: Freddie Mercury in concert during the Queen’s British tour. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images.

Ten years ago, as I was interviewing a close confidante of Freddie Mercury, his phone rang. I was working on a literary biography about the late singe(...)