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.

James Ryan

Rubbing Along

The Luck Penny, by John Maher, Brandon, 294 pp, €14.99, ISBN: 978-0863223617 On a visit to her sister in London in 1849, Liza Drew, wife...