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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Marching on Rome

Fascism’s origins in violence and repression of the labouring poor

Blackening Casement

British intelligence and the making of the ‘black diaries’ of Roger Casement

Göring’s Man

The postwar networks of the Nazi art plunderers and their facilitators

Russian Myths

Vasily Grossman and the narrative of the Great Patriotic War

A Gallic Potpourri

An idiosyncratic history of France from a skilled storyteller

Following Henry Joy

The life and death of a martyr for revolutionary secular republicanism

Huguenot Voices

Diaries and memoirs of French Protestant refugees in Ireland

Radical Dissenter

William Drennan, radical Protestant and backer of Catholic Emancipation

A Voracious Reader

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

What Spies Do

Sean Bourke and the springing from jail of Russian agent George Blake