I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

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Anyone for Tennis?

An engaging and self-deprecating meditation on getting on

A Voracious Reader

Peering into Stalin’s soul from the scribbles in the margins of his books

A German Requiem

Fashion model, rocker, poet, addict: the strange life of the singer Nico

Hugging Stalin

Growing up under, and then losing, the certainty that socialism will win

Are We Civilised at All?

Fintan O’Toole’s personal narrative of Ireland’s ‘ascent to normality’

The Reunion

Leonard Cohen’s fusion of sacred and profane, of words and music

In That Dawn

The carefree days before Belfast became the capital of the Troubles


A poetic auto-fiction on migration, trauma and shifting identities

Urban Shock

A moving meditation on a working class past from a London-Irish historian

Restless Angel

The greatest songwriter in the Irish tradition in the history of recording