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Licking Death

Seamus O’Mahony
Cancer is a serious business, and also big business, particularly in the US. But ‘declaring war’ on it is like declaring war on death. Our own Irish Cancer Society has launched a ‘strategy statement’ that envisages a ‘future without cancer’, but it modestly concedes that ‘this may not be achieved in the lifetime of this strategy statement’.
Sep 22, 2013, 16:51 PM

Big Picture History

Barra Ó Seaghdha
A new study examines Ireland from medieval times in the context of social organisation, how surplus wealth is created and deployed, how literacy affects authority and how elites foster a supportive class between themselves and the masses.
Sep 22, 2013, 16:29 PM

The Road to Partition

Frank Callanan
At times the Irish question in its final parliamentary phase resembles a vast deserted asylum whose last inhabitants are its historians, who begin to fear that having arrived as visitors they have become confined as inmates.
Sep 22, 2013, 16:06 PM

A Place in the Sun

James Moran
Catherine O’Flynn’s new novel, which focuses on two generations of a Birmingham-Irish family and their distinct and contrasting experiences of dislocation, manages to be consistently comic yet also sad and moving.
Sep 22, 2013, 15:58 PM

Doesn’t Add Up

Shane Whelan
Modern states are awash with statistics. So it doesn’t take too long, for example, to work out that inequalities of wealth are at their greatest since the late nineteenth century.
Sep 22, 2013, 15:49 PM

Ulysses and Africa

Sean Sheehan
A new book seeks to consider writers' responses to Homer from an anticolonial or postcolonialist perspective.
Sep 22, 2013, 15:44 PM