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.

Essays

Back Stories

John Horgan
A miscellany of tales long and short from a career in Irish journalism

Written with Tears

Amanda Bell
An inspiring essay collection from inside the Travelling community

William’s World

Peter Brooke
Blake’s visions of Eden and the meaning of imagination in his verse

Yes We Can

Caroline Hurley
An argument against pessimism and in support of deep human potential

The World Remade

Éamon Mag Uidhir
A journey to motherhood, from miscarriage to the joy of birth

Surviving

Dick Edelstein
Poems of strife and discovery that recall Swift, Behan and Durcan

University Pioneer

Judith Harford
An Irish historian who encountered misogyny in her academic career

Late Blossoming

Maeve O’Sullivan
A moving poetic exploration of impermanence and mortality

The Attic Tarantino

Sean Sheehan
The innovator Euripides puts the heedless Greek gods on the stage

Class

Eat Up

Maura O’Kiely
The right stuff: how to eat your way into a superior social class

German History

The Rebound

David Donoghue
Germany’s rapid bounceback from the destruction of 1945’s ‘Zero Hour’

Empire

Bearing the Burden

Philip McDonagh
Historians’ role in excusing the brutalities of empire-building

Fiction

The Story from Below

Patricia Craig
The Irish working class’s long search for its voice to be heard in literature

Social Planning

People Like Us

Bryan Fanning
Progressivism’s dirty secret: the left intellectuals abolish the poor

Fiction

A Learning Curve

Enda O’Doherty
A German writer learns the cost of making a god of the nation

History

Educating Margaret

Seán OHuiginn
How Margaret Thatcher was persuaded to sign the Anglo-Irish Agreement

Intimate Oscillations

Keith Payne
A poet’s odyssey ‑ from Dublin suburbs out into the world and back

Pagans, Snobs, Censors

Alice Quinn Banville
Irish visual art and the vaunted uniqueness of our ‘spiritual heritage’

Intellectual Insurrection

Conor McCarthy
The extraordinary range and tireless radical commitment of Edward Said

Not Like The Others

Amanda Bell
A pitch-perfect depiction of life as a teenage girl in 1980s Britain

The Pleasure Principle

Gerald Dawe
A poet born to wealth and privilege whose gift miraculously survived

The World’s Doubleness

Clíona Ní Ríordáin
From the natural world to the grit and banality of everyday life

The Ghost Hunters

Aiden O’Reilly
A literary treatment set in Florida of the classic ‘hero’s quest’ story

Belonging

Jane Xavier
The changing face of Ireland and the forces who are combating change

FUTUROLOGY

A Great Worker

Alena Dvořáková
The work which, 100 years ago, gave us the concept of the robot