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Women and the Irish Revolution

Women and the Irish Revolution

If ever there was a case of a favourite chapter in this book, I would choose chapter 2, Lucy McDiarmid’s ‘Comradeship’ on the imprisonment in Holloway prison of Kathleen Clarke and her two ‘tall’ comrades, Constance Markievicz and Maud Gonne, who at times tended to dispute ‘as to which of them had the highest social status’. Continue reading

The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars

Book review by James King. EMMA DONOGHUE. The Pull of the Stars, 2020 256 pp. ISBN: 978 1 52904 6168 RRP: $32.99 Since the publication of this novel in July this year, at the height of our first wave of the Australian COVID-19 epidemic, there have been many reviews, mostly very flattering, including one written by Frank … Continue reading

Back Home in Derry

Back Home in Derry

In those times, in that place – it is never referred to as Stratford – the names Hamnet and Hamlet are interchangeable, each written or spoken to indicate the same person. Continue reading

The Face of Irish Australian Literature

The Face of Irish Australian Literature

A review of two books, a disturbing one about Keneally’s literary career, and his unsentimental and searching novel on clerical abuse in the catholic church. And an invitation to read and review the Keneally novels you’ve not got around to….. Continue reading