Issue 46, December 2nd, 2013
New Books: Information & Extracts
Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf
This book proposes a far reaching reassessment of Brian Boru and Clontarf. By examining the High King's history and family it shows how he permanently changed Irish political life.
Britain against Napoleon
How was it that, despite multiple changes of government, Britain survived and eventually won a generation long war against a state which at its peak in 1807 had far greater resources and manpower?
A Just Society for Ireland
Fine gael's demise has been periodically predicted since 1933 and yet it has survived becoming the largest party in the state after the 2011 election.This book offers a fascinating account of a period in Fine Gael's history when it was challenged to define its place in Irish politics
Queen and Country
Using a rich array of oral histories and previously unseeen archival sources, Queen and Country provides the first detailed academic study of the complex intersection between same sex desire and military authority in the British Armed Forces between 1939 and 1945.
Francophone Africa at Fifty
Chafer, Keese (eds)
Co-operation or the longest scandal of the republic, France's sustained interventions in her former colonies has shaped the historical trajectories of a number of former French posessions.This new book offers an analysis of the relationship of France to sub- Saharan Africa.
The House on Parkgate Street
Christine Dwyer Hickey
Impressive collection of short stories from Christine Dwyer Hickey whose previous work has been widely praised. Of an earlier work a Guardian reviewer wrote: As I finished reading, I turned to the first page and began to read again. This latest volume is a worthy successor.
A Mystic Dream of 4
Iggy Mc Govern
Poet Iggy Mc Govern has written a collection of versecelebrating the life of the scientist William Rowan Hamilton and organised around imagined perceptions of him held by a range of prominent contemporaries.
Planet New Cabaret
Writer Dave Lorden edits this collection of new writing which emerged from an on-air writing course sponsored by radio One's Arena programme.
The IRA, 1956 - 69
While there have been many books written about the IRA since 1916, comparatively little attention has been paid to the organisation during the 1960s, despite the fact that the internal divisions culminating in the 1969 split are often seen as key to the conflict which erupted that year.
Open Graves, Open Minds
George, Hughes (eds)
This wide-ranging collection forms a coherent narrative which follows Enlightenment studies of the vampire's origins in folklore and folk panics, tracing sources of vampire fiction, through Romantic incarnations in Byron and Polidori to Le Fanu's Carmilla. Further essays discuss the undead in the context of Dracula, fin-de-siecle decadence and Nazi Germany together with early cinematic treatments.
Richard Rankin Russell
In this unique volume, edited by Richard Rankin Russell, a luminous group of Irish and international writers gather to pay tribute to Irish publisher and poet Peter Fallon, recognising his immense contribution to literary and artisitc life in Ireland and beyond. Essays on Fallon's life and literary legacy have been contributed by a distinguisehd group, including Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Dennis O'Driscoll, Maurice Harmon, Justin Quinn and Wendell Berry.
Exquisite Mixture examines the writings of Robert Boyle, John Locke, Daniel Defoe, and others who challenged the primacy of the one over the many, the whole over the parts, and form over matter. Schmidgen traces the emergence of the valuation of mixture to the political and scientific revoluitions of the seventeenth century.
Free City, a Novel
Free City is master storyteller Joao Almino's third novel to focus on the city of Brasilia, the social swirl of its early years, when contractors, corporate profiteers, idealists, politicians, mystical sects and even celebrities mingled - including Aldoux Huxley, Fidel Castro, Andre Malraux, John Dos Passos, Elizabeth Bishop, and many others.
Roger Casement is unique among the 1916 leaders in the scope of his life's work as both colonial official and Irish revolutionary. After twenty years' service in Africa, he ended his diplomatic career as British Consul General in Brazil. 1913 he resigned his position and openly committed himself to the cause of Irish independence.
The Irish Diaries 1994 - 2003
Alastair Campbell's immediate and intimate insider account of the conduct of Anglo-Irish relations from 1994 to 2003, a period which achieved the Good Friday Agreement and the beginning of peace and reconciliation in Ireland and the normality of relations between London and Dublin. It is the best contemporaneous account of the dialogue between the British and the Irish since Tom Jones's Whitehall Diaries covering the 1918 - 1923 period.
Between Dog and Wolf
Darkly moving, often shocking, this interwoven story follows three college students, desperately searching for a place between the familiar and the strange as they careen towards self-knowledge. In this debut novel, each character forces the boundaries of normality, negotiating the chasms of their own violent sexuality and decay.
Essays in Romanticism
Vardy, Alan (ed)
Essays in Romanticism is the journal of the International Conference on Romanticism.
The Irish Volunteers 1913 - 1915
F. X. Martin (ed)
This classic text explains how the Irish Volunteers, encompassing a new generation of Irish men and women, oversaw the development of a new and re-energized movement, free from much of the party-political machinations and interference that had hindered Irish nationalist attempts at self-determination in previous decades.
Best European Fiction 2014
Drago Jancar (preface)
Dalkey Archive publishes a new Best European Fiction anthology which presents a new crop of cutting-edge stories from across the Continent - Belarus to Wales - translated from more than twenty languages and highlighting the leading luminaries and revolutionaries of world literature.
The Irish Presidency
Coakley, Rafter (eds)
Although the office of President of Ireland has attracted a great deal of public attention, especially since the election of Mary Robinson in 1990, the presidency has been the subject of little analysis. This gap in our knowledge of Irish politics is filled by this timely collection, which brings together a set of studies that explore the political role of the Irish presidency from a comparative perspective.
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