‘Rock and Roll I Gave You the Best Years of My Life’

‘Rock and Roll I Gave You the Best Years of My Life’

John McMillan, an Irish writer (who lives in England), is a fairly self-effacing man who just gets on with the job in hand without fanfare. He has produced an impressive number of semi-autobiographical novels which are endearing and present little snapshots of the way...
“Water is too good for them” – Update

“Water is too good for them” – Update

RTE’s Sean O’Rourke, the subject of my post on Saturday (see below), interviewed Richard O’Rawe this morning about his new book on the late Gerry Conlon, In The Name of the Son. At the end of the interview O’Rourke then referred to the content of his Friday programme...
Buried Secrets and Brutal Truths

Buried Secrets and Brutal Truths

I watched the first two parts of Ken Burns’ documentary on BBC last night,The Vietnam War, and was angry from beginning to end. Reminded me of a an article I read about twenty years ago regarding how the establishment tried to hide the truth about its dirty war...
The Beliefs of Mahatma Taylor

The Beliefs of Mahatma Taylor

Today’s Irish News carries a story, headlined “Lord Kilclooney says nationalists ‘are not equal’ to unionists”. Taylor told the newspaper, that a unionist majority meant nationalists could not claim equality – though they were entitled to equality of...
Staying On by Paul Scott

Staying On by Paul Scott

Finished reading again, for the third time, one of my favourite novels, Staying On by Paul Scott. It was published in 1977 (when it won the Booker Prize), a year before Scott’s death at the age of fifty seven from colon cancer. Set in 1972 it tells the story of...
Married Quarters by Shane Connaughton

Married Quarters by Shane Connaughton

Every now and then you come across an Irish novel where the language and the storytelling are in such harmony as to reach the pitch of perfection. The writing is fluent and confident and you bond immediately with the story from the first page, entering into the...