New Books: Information & Extracts

    Political Imprisonment

    William Murphy
    For a revolutionary generation of Irishmen and Irishwomen - including  suffragettes, labour activists and nationalists - imprisonment became a common experience. In the years 1912 - 1921, thousands were held in civil prisions or in internment camps.
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    With the Dublin Brigade

    Charles Dalton
    Charles Dalton was only fourteen when he joined the Irish Volunteers in 1917, yet his commitment and intelligence quickly became apparent as an active volunteer in F Company, 2nd Brigade, Dublin, and a member of Collins’s elite intelligence unit.
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    Is the EU Doomed?

    Jan Zielonka
    In this compelling essay, leading scholar of European politics Jan Zielonka argues that although the EU will only survive in modest form – deprived of many real powers – Europe as an integrated entity will grow stronger.
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    Can Science Fix Climate Change?

    Mike Hulme
    Mike Hulme argues against a 'hubristic' techno-fix for the problem of climate change. Drawing upon a distinguished career studying science, politics and ethics, he argues that the use of  science to 'fix' the climate is undesirable, ungovernable and unattainable.
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    Carnival Masks

    Séan Lysaght
    Séan Lysaght's Carnival Masks is a collection of poems which pivots on sequence of Venetian epigrams that open into the new light and erotic world of the French Riviera, Tuscan land- and seascapes and an olive grove in autumn.
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    Dorothy Stopford Price Rebel Doctor

    Ann MacLellan
    Dorothy Stopford Price played a key role in eradicating the TB epidemic in Ireland. This biography uncovers the importance of her medical work and of the measures that placed her in opposition to one of the strongest voices in Ireland at the time – the Catholic archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid.
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    Ireland in Official Print Culture 1800-1850

    Niall O Ciosáin
    This volume illuminates two contemporary aspects of the development of the state. The 1820’s saw the beginning in Ireland of a comprehensive engagement with the parliamentary process by the population at large and, with the Catholic Association, the appearance of the first mass electoral organization in Europe.
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    I Lost You

    Róisín Sheerin
    I Lost you is a charming verse memoir of a new wave poet’s life in Dublin in the 1970s and beyond
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    Murder Most Foul

    David Bevington
    This new study considers Shakespeare's great play from its origins in Scandinavian epic lore to the dramatic version from his own hand and that play's reception over the centuries since it was first performed.
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    Third Stroke Did It

    Desmond Fennell
    During the last ninety-odd years, three big blows were struck against European civilisation by the Russian Revolution, the Nazi Revolution and the Second American Revolution. The last of these, launched in the 1960s/70s by left liberals with the support of American capitalism, shapes the West today.
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    The Rise and Fall of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger

    Seán Ó Riain
    In 2008 Ireland experienced one of the most dramatic economic crises of any economy in the world. It remains at the heart of the international crisis, sitting uneasily between  the US and European economies.
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    Listening to Bach

    Pearse Hutchinson
    A posthumous collection of Pearse Hutchinson’s poems has just been published. His poems have long been recognized as unique, for their lively, learned, humane framing of experience, and for their urgent and communicative language. They are redolent of his personality: of a life lived wide awake and in many places, of a mind adventurous and well equipped that engaged above all with the truth of things as they happen.
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    The Temporary Gentleman

    Sebastian Barry
    Jack McNulty is a ‘temporary gentleman’, an Irishman whose commission in the Second World War was never permanent. In 1957, sitting in his lodgings in Accra, he urgently sets out to write his story.
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    The Appleman and the Poet

    Hubert Butler
    Russia features prominently in the fifth volume of Hubert Butler’s essays. Beginning with ‘Russian Dispatches 1932-1946’, Butler gives an evocative description – from the viewpoint of a bourgeois teacher – of a society in dissolution, before the onset of Stalin’s Great Purge.
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    The Lost Spirit of Capitalism

    Bernard Stiegler
    In this important book, Bernard Stiegler takes a very different view: what we are witnessing today he says is not the triumph of the spirit of capitalism but rather its demise, as our contemporary ‘hyperindustrial’ societies become increasingly uncontrollable, irrational and incapable of inspiring hope.
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    The Leaves on Grey

    Desmond Hogan
    Desmond Hogan’s 1980 novel has been reissued. The Leaves on Grey is the story of Ireland, ’maker of wounds, tormentor of youth, ultimately breaker of all that was sensitive and enriched by sun, rain, wind’. Sean and Liam, and the men and women who become part of their lives, are both the creators and the victims of their birthright.
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    The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda

    Fawaz A. Gerges
    According to the author of this book the war with Al-Qaeda is over. The once fearsome and deeply feared organization has degenerated into a marginal entity, kept alive largely by the massive self serving anti- terrorist bureaucracy it helped spawn in Washington and elsewhere.
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    Eating Fire, My Life as a Lesbian Avenger

    Kelly Cogswell
    Described as a freewheeling memoir of lesbian activism - alternately funny and raucous, meditative and reflective – it is a document of a specific time and place. But it is also a marvelous, timeless tale of wit, survival, determination, and, ultimately, of facing history. Incisive, politically astute, and a much needed addition to LGBT history
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    Thinking Big, How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind

    Clive Gamble, John Gowlett and Robin Dunbar
    In this book the authors ask when and how did the brains of our homonin ancestors become human minds? When and why did our capacity for language or art, music and dance evolve? It is the contention of this pathbreaking and provocative book that it was the need for early humans to live in ever- larger social groups.
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    The Flea Market in Valparaiso

    Gabriel Rosenstock
    According to one commentator “Gabriel Rosenstock’s poetry is unique in the aesthetic resolution it achieves between the political and the metaphysical, the regional and the universal, the identification with the victims of injustice, neglect and exploitation and the celebration of nature’s endless mystery: there are very few poets writing today who can equal him in his range.”
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