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

The Past is a Place

Stories from the North about trying to stay ahead of the past

History or Herstory?

Rosemary Jenkinson
A dazzlingly adventurous fusion of fiction and memoir from Belfast

Death Attracts Us

Stephen Dunne
A compassionate portrayal of the professionals of the dying trade

Mad About Poetry

Peter Sirr
Translating the poem, and the reader into the world of the poem

Homo Oblivious

Victoria Amelina
Words and stories to defend the truth against Russian lies and propaganda

Strength, not Power

Clare O’Dea
Combating oppression and injustice with clarity rather than anger

POETRY

Larkin at 100

Johnny Lyons
The elusive depth that lies behind the all-too-explicit ordinariness

CULTURAL HISTORY

Pass the Parcel

Enda O’Doherty
Ways in which knowledge was disseminated in early modern Europe

NAZI LOOT

Göring’s Man

John Mulqueen
The postwar networks of the Nazi art plunderers and their facilitators

WAR

Russian Myths

Philip Ó Ceallaigh
Vasily Grossman and the narrative of the Great Patriotic War

LITERATURE AS POLITICS

Cold War Culture

Martin Tyrrell
Orwell, Koestler and the democratic left’s crusade against Stalinism

AGEING

Anyone for Tennis?

John Fleming
An engaging and self-deprecating meditation on getting on

FRENCH HISTORY

A Gallic Potpourri

Rory Montgomery
An idiosyncratic history of France from a skilled storyteller

BLOG

All for Pemberley?

Jane Austen and the pursuit of an advantageous marriage

Too Much, Not Enough

Desmond Traynor
A meditation on time and the pressure to use it productively

From the Home Front

Gerald Dawe
The letters of an American woman living in wartime Northern Ireland

Darts of Thought

Afric McGlinchey
An exploration of the complexities of identity and relationships

The Spin of Things

Keith Payne
Darkly optimistic poems salvaged from the suburban humdrum

A Contented Heart

Tim Murphy
Poems of love and loss articulated in a spirit of quiet affirmation

POPULAR FICTION

Hack and Hero

Frank Freeman
Leslie McFarlane: the career of a prolific and successful hack writer

ULYSSES: 100 YEARS

Vivid Faces

Daniel Mulhall
The reputation of ‘Ulysses’ in Ireland during its first century

ULYSSES: 100 YEARS

A Diplomatic Odyssey

David Blake Knox
The ‘soft power’ of promoting the literary heritage of Ireland abroad

THE WRITING LIFE

The Gift

Katrina Goldstone
Howard Jacobson on what he got from his Mancunian Jewish upbringing

LITERATURE

A Tonic for Our Times

Patricia Craig
Margaret Atwood’s astute, sparkling takes on social and literary matters

US POLITICS

‘I Gave Them a Sword’

Kevin Stevens
The Watergate affair and the cover-up that brought down Richard Nixon