Book Review by James McCaughey Colm Toibin House of Names, Picador. May 2017 RRP: $29.99 h/b 261 pp ISBN: 978 1760 551421 The ancient Greeks have left us a legacy of myths. Some of them are still current – the stories of Oedipus or Antigone, for instance. Others, though less known, the story of Pygmalion say, have …
Williams refers to the Túatha as the ‘god-people’ to convey their indeterminate status between humanity and divinity
It might all lead to dull or grim stories, but Gebler’s characters are all human, damaged certainly, but each with his own story.
In September 1916, a 27-year-old police officer George Duncan was shot dead in Tottenham, a small mining town in the copper belt of western New South Wales. The perpetrators were Roland Kennedy and Frank Franz, two members of the IWW.
The Surprise, moored at the Cove of Cork, and the Essex, at Kingstown in Dublin Bay (now Dun Laoghaire), were derelict ships which operated as holding prisons for convicts from 1823 until 1837.
How did an anti-Mason Protestant Abolitionist, temperance advocate and vegetarian from Vermont (USA) become a first hand witness of the Great Famine and a practical advocate for famine relief?
the book is beautifully produced and illustrated
The book ties in to events and personalities of the time
In any list of memorable opening sentences, Galway writer Alan McMonagle’s start to his first novel has to be up there with the best …
Because our families contain everything and, late at night, everything makes sense.