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Space to Think, a new book celebrating ten years of the Dublin Review of Books More Information 

    Interrupted Lives

    Gerald Dawe
    Fate dealt harshly with both JG Farrell and Stewart Parker, two hugely gifted Irish writers who died in their forties


    Oscar Wilde and the Irish

    Brian Earls
    Far from being a marginal figure in independent Ireland, Wilde was viewed with considerable interest and good will.
    This is the second of a two-part series tracking Oscar Wilde’s reputation in Ireland from his “disgrace” in 1895 to the present.

    Oscar and the Irish

    Brian Earls
    A history of Oscar Wilde’s reputation in Ireland is uplifting and rhetorically adroit. But perhaps we should also ask if it is true.

    War, Death and Hubris

    Edward Burke
    The British are good at remembering their history in Afghanistan, but then so are the Afghans. The two versions are irreconcilable.

    Sharp Mind, Sharp Tongue

    Éamon Ó Cléirigh
    Hugh Trevor-Roper was an historian of exceptional gifts, but some wondered why he needed to spend so much time hating people.

    Theories of Everything

    Paschal Donohoe
    Markets on their own will neither guarantee their own continuation nor broader societal prosperity. They rely on inclusive and adaptable political institutions, which in turn are created by political choices.

    The Opening to Others

    Manus Charleton
    Believers make use of  supernatural stories to give detailed content to and make more tangible the sense of openness to the transcendent, openness to strangers.

    Soundtrack to the Century

    Kevin Stevens

    For fifty years, Duke Ellington was America’s most important and innovative musical figure, achieving distinction as a composer, arranger, songwriter, bandleader and pianist, and writing and producing timeless music of every kind.

    Exuberantly Pluralist

    Paul Delaney
    George O’Brien’s impressive survey of fifty years of the Irish novel is inclusive, eclectic and insistently diverse.


    Madwomen in the Attic

    Lauren Hadden
    A novelistic exploration of Miss Havisham before Dickens got hold of her irresistibly recalls Jean Rhys’s brilliant work in the classic prequel genre.