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

Cocking A Snook

John McCourt
‘The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly’, which ran from 1905 to 1915, was Dublin’s leading satirical publication. While its sympathies were more with Sinn Féin, Home Rule campaigner John Redmond, in his triumphs and failure, was to feature extensively in its pages.
Oct 4, 2015, 11:58 AM

Faith of our Filí

Pól Ó Muirí
John F Deane has written an honest book and filled it with some beautiful poetry. His life and times in Achill and beyond are described in the sort of prose that reminds you, and even jaundiced Irish-speaking reviewers too, why people like the English language
Oct 4, 2015, 11:54 AM

Some Northern Poets

Gerald Dawe
The lives of the Catholic nationalist community in the North, but also its wider migrations and fate in the fledgling new Irish Free State and in Britain, North America and further afield is a fascinating history of adaptation and adoption as much as restlessness and disaffection.
Oct 4, 2015, 11:50 AM

Lost Leaders

Thomas Fitzgerald
Two biographies of 1916 organisers Thomas MacDonagh and Eamonn Ceannt reveal strongly contrasting personalities, the former a cultured and cosmopolitan figure who saw his death as a symbolic sacrifice, the latter a determined fighter who had no wish to surrender or die.
Oct 4, 2015, 11:44 AM

Seizing the Capital

Michael Barry
The occupation by the Provisional Government’s Army of the military barracks in Dublin laid the seeds of victory for the pro-Treaty side at the outbreak of the Civil War. Even though anti-Treaty forces seized many barracks across the country, control of the capital was the key.
Oct 4, 2015, 11:37 AM

Take That

Angela Nagle
The bursting forth of user-generated content was supposed to dethrone the captains of the culture industry still languishing in dreary, elitist old media formats. Instead, much of what is reported as mass opinion on social media represents less a 'democratic revolution' than the niche cultural interests of a few hundred young underemployed knowledge economy workers. 
Oct 4, 2015, 11:26 AM

Tell It Like It Is

Andy Pollak
During the years of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the media, and particularly BBC television, came under pressure to assist the state’s war against armed revolt rather than fulfilling its duty to be impartial and to inform. For the most part, it resisted that pressure
Oct 4, 2015, 10:49 AM

Scripts and Prescriptions

Benjamin Keatinge
An inspiring new collection of essays by a doctor and literary scholar affirms Beckett’s intuition that it is ‘the occasional glimpse’ of mutual recognition ‘by us in them and ... by them in us of that smile at the human condition’ which makes it worthwhile to go on.
Oct 4, 2015, 10:36 AM

Love Is All You Need

Matthew Parkinson-Bennett
‘All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.’ The writings of Julian of Norwich communicate an urgent message of hope and love and stand among the finest literary achievements of the later Middle Ages. But to translate them into modern English is to diminish their power.
Oct 4, 2015, 09:59 AM

The Turn of the Wheel

Frank Callanan
The story of John Redmond’s final rise and fall is by no means an easy one to tell, but a new study has given shrewd consideration to how it should be done and provides an impressively detached account of the late political career which omits nothing that is salient.
Oct 4, 2015, 09:50 AM

Working With What’s Left

Patrick Claffey
Clearly Catholicism can never recover its former dominance in Ireland, a dominance which was itself an historical aberration. But if it is forced to live as a religious remnant community, as has happened in many other places, therein might lie the start of its spiritual salvation.
Oct 4, 2015, 09:40 AM

Irish Visionaries

Bryce Evans
A collection of essays on figures drawn from five centuries, from William Petty to Fintan O’Toole, who set themselves to think about Ireland is vigorous in its argument and confident in its provision of intellectual armour for future discussions about the state of the nation.
Oct 4, 2015, 09:34 AM

A Different Furrow

Billy Mills
Much twentieth century Irish poetry is seen as a reaction against or a coming to terms with the influence of Yeats. Brian Coffey, however, a friend of Beckett and Joyce whose early influences were Eliot, Pound and the Symbolists, wrote as if Yeats had never existed.
Oct 4, 2015, 09:24 AM

A Dance You Should Know

Jeremy Kearney
In the era of Brendan Bowyer, Dickie Rock and Joe Dolan, Ireland was showband-crazy. The performances may not always have been of high quality but the bands provided musicians with a living and audiences with previously unimaginable levels of glamour and excitement.
Oct 4, 2015, 09:09 AM

Prose with Skirts

Eoin O’Brien
The painter and sculptor Brian O’Doherty’s most recent novel, based on the life of an actually existing eighteenth century French diplomat, stands with the very greatest historical fiction. It is also a profound meditation on the nature of fetishism and transgender sexuality.
Oct 4, 2015, 09:04 AM