REVIEW – Partition by Ivan Gibbons

REVIEW – Partition by Ivan Gibbons

This is my long review of Partition - How and Why Ireland was Divided by Ivan Gibbons which appeared in the Irish Examiner, May 1, 2021. ITS one hundredth birthday falls on May 3, yet no unionist or revisionist historian has ever written a book titled, The Success of...

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A Story of Revenge

A Story of Revenge

24 April is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. Some years ago I wrote about one consequence of those mass killings for some of its perpetrators in my book, Rebel Columns. Here it is republished for the anniversary. A STORY OF REVENGE ‘They took everyone away… They...

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Say, Selective Vindictiveness

Say, Selective Vindictiveness

There have been several lucrative spin-offs for some of those behind the debacle that is Boston College’s Belfast Project, which included former IRA Volunteers being encouraged to incriminate themselves and old comrades on the understanding that their statements...

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Why The Moon Travels

My review of Why The Moon Travels by Oein DeBhairduin* and illustrated by Leanne McDonagh has just been published in the Irish Examiner, 30 January, 2021. Here it is; This is a lovely book: lyrical, rich, full of wit, innocence and charm. They are the retelling of...

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Paramilitarism and the State

Paramilitarism and the State

My review of Paramilitarism – Mass Violence in the Shadow of the State by Uğur Ümit Üngör was published in the Irish Examiner, 21 November. ONE night RUC Detective ‘Jonty’ Brown stopped a furniture lorry containing five men and a youth. Inside, a revolver and a...

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‘The Tainted’ by Cauvery Madhavan – book review

‘The Tainted’ by Cauvery Madhavan – book review

The Tainted by Cauvery Madhavan, HopeRoad Publishing, £9.99 p/b, 336pp My review in The Irish Examiner, 19 September, 2020 WHERE is ‘home’? Cauvery Madhavan’s third novel transports us to India, 1920, and life for British soldiers based in the Nandagiri hillside...

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Dreams of the Everyday Housewife

Dreams of the Everyday Housewife

Finished the brilliant Mrs Bridge by Evan S. Connell (publ.1959), a wry story about a suburban and dutiful American middle-class wife, Mrs India Bridge, before and after WWII, who is suffering from a sort of ‘Post-Traumatic Living Disorder’. Glen Campbell’s 1960s’...

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The Little Boy and The Fat Man

The Little Boy and The Fat Man

Today is the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atom bomb over the city of Hiroshima, followed a few days later by the bombing of Nagasaki. This is a feature I wrote about the two bombings which was first published in 2004. Charles Sweeney was born in...

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Cauvery Madhavan In Person

Cauvery Madhavan In Person

My ‘Scribes’ interview for this year’s virtual Féile an Phobail with author Cauvery Madhavan is now available on YouTube here. Cauvery has written three novels – Paddy Indian, The Uncoupling and her latest The Tainted, released in May 2020, has received rave reviews....

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