The book is the most comprehensive archive of Republican Women Ex-Prisoners' stories anywhere in the world. The title of the book was chosen by the late Eileen Hickey as a tribute to the Irish Patriot, Anne Devlin, who endured torture and imprisonment for her Republican beliefs. The stories reflect the privations and trauma, emotional and physical, that many of these women suffered during their time in prison. Told from the heart with candid recall -- these experiences are burned into the memories of women who were in many cases mere teenagers when they were imprisoned.
As prisoners of war these women challenged and tested the prison regime, went on 'no-wash' protest, hunger strikes and planned escapes. They continued to contribute to the Republican cause and forged friendships and binds that are still robust and supportive to this day.