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.

Gerald Dawe

Rumpled Giant

The greatest 20th century poet writing in English along with WB Yeats

From the Home Front

The letters of an American woman living in wartime Northern Ireland

Together Again?

A Northern novelist probes the reality behind the Border poll scenario

Getting Known

A memoir of Patrick Kavanagh, the reflections of Thomas McCarthy

A Revolutionary’s Life

An affectionate portrait of Ernie O’Malley in war and in exile

The Pleasure Principle

A poet born to wealth and privilege whose gift miraculously survived

A Vanished Bohemia

A compelling memoir of Aidan Higgins and a mode of literary life now gone

On the High Wire

John Berryman: a university poet in a society not much interested in poetry

Her True Face

Sylvia Plath presented an image to the world – brilliant student, stellar emerging poet and active, outdoor girl – while within she was deeply troubled and prone to the swings of a disabling depression. A sparkling new biography does full justice to both sides of Plath, and to her blazing art.

Looking Through You

Below is an extract from Looking Through You: Northern Chronicles by Gerard Dawe, published this summer by Merrion Press at €18.