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And thereby hangs a tale

2 June 2012
The Dream of the Celt Mario Vargas Llosa

Faber, pp.401, £18.99

The heart sinks when news breaks that an already distinguished novelist is trying his or her hand at the Irish revolution. The track record is uninspiring. Anthony Trollope lived many… Read more

Terrorism is back in Northern Ireland

9 September 2009

Even the dissidents have now spawned their own heavily armed dissidents. The bomb defused by army experts at Forkhill this week was the work not of the Real IRA but… Read more

Not the place it used to be

17 October 2007
Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change, 1970-2000 R. F. Foster

Penguin, pp.240, 20

Roy Foster’s new book has its origins in the Wiles Lectures delivered at Queen’s University Belfast in May 2004. This is a distinguished lecture series initiated in 1954 by Herbert… Read more