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    His Poor Materials

    Liam Harrison
    Samuel Beckett’s fidelity to ‘trash’ objects – boots, bikes, bowler hats, crutches - his persistent use of them in different mediums, indicates that such objects held a unique position in his creative process, forming an ‘art of salvage’ which can be traced across his life’s work.
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    Leading from the Left

    Jeremy Kearney
    The remarkable rise of Jeremy Corbyn has changed the nature of the political debate in the UK. By highlighting the failure of the austerity agenda and the neoliberal ideology that underpinned it, he has returned left-wing ideas to the centre of political discourse.
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    Christian Knowledge

    Tom Inglis
    Sociology, as taught in late twentieth century Ireland, was a discipline in which there was no interrogation of power, no analysis of social class, no questioning of patriarchy, no theorising about the role of the state and, in particular, no examination of the power of the Catholic church.
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    The German Friend

    Gisela Holfter
    Heinrich Böll, born a hundred years ago, had a unique relationship with Ireland. He and his wife played a huge role, as translators, in introducing German readers to Irish literature. His own book the ‘Irisches Tagebuch’ was a huge seller in Germany - though more controversial here.
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    Wandering in the Desert

    Ruth Gilligan
    Joyce is just one Irish writer who is alert to the Exodus story and its specific resonance within a national context. Hence the parallel between Moses and Parnell, each of whom ‘led a turbulent and unstable people from the house of shame to the verge of the Promised Land’.
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    The Bully and the ‘Beast’

    Jon Smith
    The Bully and the ‘Beast’
    Shouting and tantrums are common in Fleet Street newsrooms, but it is only at the ‘Daily Mail’ that swearing and abuse have been elevated to a culture. Its editor makes no secret of this behaviour, apparently believing that ‘shouting creates energy and energy creates great headlines’.
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    At Home in Exile

    Scott Beauchamp
    At Home in Exile
    Czesław Miłosz may perhaps be understood as the saint of paradox. He was a man who documented his century by standing apart from it, a poet who wrote in Polish while living in France and America, a sensualist who embraced the spiritual, a man who reached home by running away.
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    Sweet and Sour

    Anthony Roche
    Sweet and Sour
    The trajectory of Molly Keane’s life was different from most other people’s and most other writers’: the tragedy – the early death of her husband ‑came early and the triumph late. But what a triumph – three sparkling and successful late novels written in her late seventies and eighties.
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    The Ascent of Women

    Ann Kennedy Smith
    ‘The average standard of mental power in man must be above that of women,’ Charles Darwin asserted. The opinion was perhaps surprising given the number of talented and active women he knew personally, as well as the wide-ranging social disadvantages they faced as a sex.
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    A Life of Noticing

    Gerald Dawe
    The mastery of American English which we associate with Richard Ford’s fiction – the subtle not-saying, the deflection of painful emotional realities into half-said or half-seen things – is abundantly present in a memoir in which he recalls and recreates the lives of his parents.
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