Author: James Plunkett
Category: City and town life
A heroic story of the years of strike and lockout, of hunger, riot and bloodshed following King Edward's arrival in Dublin in 1907, and the beginning of the legendary Jim Jarkin's preachings of social revolution.
Bestselling Irish novel with an introduction by Fintan O'Toole
Author: James Plunkett
Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd
Centring on the seminal lockout of 20,000 workers in Dublin in 1913, Strumpet City by Irish writer James Plunkett encompasses a wide sweep of city life. From the destitution of "Rashers" Tierney, the poorest of the poor, to the solid, aspirant respectability of Fitz and Mary, the priestly life of Father O’Connor, and the upper-class world of Yearling and the Bradshaws, it paints a portrait of a city of stark contrasts, with an urban working class mired in vicious poverty. Strumpet City is much more than a book about the Lockout. Through the power of vivid fiction we encounter all the complexities of humanity. The brilliant and much-loved TV series, originally screened by RTÉ, Ireland's national broadcaster, in 1980, is fondly remembered by many but to read the book is to immerse yourself in social and historical writing akin to Chekhov and Tolstoy. Strumpet City is the great, sweeping Irish historical novel of the 20th century.
Author: Lia Mills
Publisher: Penguin UK
Fallen by Lia Mills - a remarkable love story amidst the ruins of the First World War and the Easter Rising Spring, 1915. Katie Crilly gets the news she dreaded: her beloved twin brother, Liam, has been killed on the Western Front. A year later, when her home city of Dublin is suddenly engulfed in violence, Katie finds herself torn by conflicting emotions. Taking refuge in the home of a friend, she meets Hubie Wilson, a friend of Liam's from the Front. There unfolds a remarkable encounter between two young people, both wounded and both trying to imagine a new life. Lia Mills has written a novel that can stand alongside the works of Sebastian Faulks, Pat Barker and Louisa Young. SELECTED AS THE 2016 'ONE CITY ONE BOOK' TITLE FOR BOTH DUBLN AND BELFAST 'Lia Mills writes superbly about the human heart. This is an historical story with an urgency that is completely modern: Fallen is shot through with the pleasure and the difficulty of being alive' Anne Enright, winner of the Man Booker Prize 'Tremendously passionate, vivid and humane ... Mills has an exquisite eye for the telling image' Irish Independent 'Absorbing ... Mills is a fine storyteller' Sunday Times 'Vivid ... a careful study of how grief, oppression, violence and, above all, the imperative to follow orders can blight people's lives' Irish Mail on Sunday 'Powerful ... Katie is a brilliantly realised heroine ... humane and compelling' Sunday Business Post '[An] intelligent, beautifully written tale of ordinary people in troubled times' Sunday Independent
Author: Jamie O'Neill
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
In a story set against the backdrop of Dublin in 1915, two boys who meet at the local swimming hole plan to swim to an island in Dublin Bay the following Easter, but their plans coincide with the Easter uprising--a historic rebellion that changes their li
Author: Frank Delaney
Publisher: Harper Collins
In the winter of 1951, a storyteller, the last practitioner of an honored, centuries-old tradition, arrives at the home of nine-year-old Ronan O'Mara in the Irish countryside. For three wonderful evenings, the old gentleman enthralls his assembled local audience with narratives of foolish kings, fabled saints, and Ireland's enduring accomplishments before moving on. But these nights change young Ronan forever, setting him on a years-long pursuit of the elusive, itinerant storyteller and the glorious tales that are no less than the saga of his tenacious and extraordinary isle.
Author: Paul Muldoon
Winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, The Annals of Chile confirms Paul Muldoon’s stature as one of the most talented poets of his generation. The heart of the book is the long poem “Yarrow,” in which Muldoon’s powers of insight and wordplay and surprising association are on exuberant display: evoking the 1960s, the poet conjures up a boundless historical present peopled at once by Davy Crockett and Tristan Tzara and Wild Bill Hickok, by Maud Gonne and Michael Jackson, all bought swifly and vividly to life by his fantastical imagination. The collection also contains a group of shorter poems, including “The Birth,” a delicate lyric which celebrates the arrival of a baby girl; “Incantata,” a deeply felt elegy to a former lover; a Muldoon’s inspired adaptation of an episode from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
cityscapes, landscapes, soundscapes
Author: Martin McLoone
Publisher: Irish Academic Press
Category: Social Science
A collection covering a wide variety of media in Ireland, including broadcasting, film, popular music, radio, and popular culture. Together, these essays map out the role various media have played in the process of 're-imagining Ireland' over the last fifteen years, touching on aspects of Irish cultural identity and the (re)construction of notions of Irishness. The book addresses the more contemporary implications of both the peace process in Northern Ireland and the 'Celtic Tiger' phenomenon in the South. Contents include: Introduction: The Changing Configurations of Irish Studies (1990-2005); Boxed-in?: The Aesthetics of Film and Television --- Section One: Irish Film. National Cinema and Cultural Identity; Maureen O'Hara: The Political Power of the Feisty Colleen; A Landscape Peopled Differently: Thaddeus O'Sullivan's 'December Bride'; Cinema and the City: Re-imagining Belfast and Dublin; Challenging Colonial Traditions: British Cinema in the Celtic Fringe --- Section Two: Irish Broadcasting. 'Music Hall Dope and British Propaganda': Cultural Identity and Early Broadcasting in Ireland; The City and the Working Class on Irish Television; Broadcasting in a Divided Community: The BBC in Northern Ireland; Drama out of a Crisis: Television Drama and the Troubles; The Elect and the Abject: Representing Protestant Culture; Irish Popular Music; Hybridity and National Musics: The Case of Irish Rock Music (with Noel McLaughlin); Punk Music in Ireland: The Political Power of 'What-Might-Have-Been' --- Conclusion: Popular Culture and Social Change.ò
Ernestine Rose, International Feminist Pioneer
Author: Bonnie S. Anderson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
"Early feminist Ernestine Rose, more famous in her time than Elizabeth Cady Stanton or Susan B. Anthony, has been undeservedly forgotten. During the 1850s, Rose was an outstanding orator for women's rights in the United States who became known as "the Queen of the platform." Yet despite her successes and close friendships with other activists, she would gradually be erased from history for being a foreigner, a radical, and, of most concern to her peers and later historians, an atheist. In The Rabbi's Atheist Daughter, Bonnie S. Anderson recovers the legacy of one of the nineteenth century's most prominent radical activists. The only child of a Polish rabbi, Ernestine Rose rejected religion at an early age, legally fought a betrothal to a man she did not want to marry, and left her family, Judaism, and Poland forever. She would eventually move to London, where she became a follower of the manufacturer-turned-socialist Robert Owen and met her husband, fellow Owenite William Rose. Together they emigrated to New York City in 1836. In the U. S., Rose was a prominent leader at every national women's rights convention, lecturing across the country in favor of feminism and against slavery and religion. But the rise of anti-Semitism and religious fervor during the Civil War-coupled with rifts in the women's movement when black men, but not women, got the vote- left Rose without a platform. Returning to England, she continued advocating for feminism, free thought, and pacifism. Although many radicals honored her work, her contributions to women's rights had been passed over by historians by the 1920s. Nearly a century later, The Rabbi's Atheist Daughter, a well-rounded portrait of one of the mothers of the American feminist movement, returns Ernestine Rose to her rightful place"--
The Making of a Capital City
Author: David Dickson
Publisher: Harvard University Press
As rich and diverse as its subject, Dickson’s magisterial history brings 1,400 years of Dublin vividly to life: from its medieval incarnation through the neoclassical eighteenth century, the Easter Rising that convulsed the city in 1916, the bloody civil war following the handover of power by Britain, to end-of-millennium urban renewal efforts.
Author: A.B. Facey
Publisher: Fremantle Press
Albert Facey’s story is the story of Australia.Born in 1894, and first sent to work at the age of eight, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a labourer and farmer and jackaroo, becoming lost and then rescued by Indigenous trackers, then gaining a hard-won literacy, surviving Gallipoli, raising a family through the Depression, losing a son in the Second World War, and meeting his beloved Evelyn with whom he shared nearly sixty years of marriage.Despite enduring unimaginable hardships, Facey always saw his life as a fortunate one.A true classic of Australian literature, Facey’s simply penned story offers a unique window onto the history of Australian life through the greater part of the twentieth century – the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man.
Author: Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Vintage Canada
An historical novel like none before it, A Star Called Henry marks a new chapter in Booker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle's writing. It is a vastly more ambitious book than any he has previously written. A subversive look behind the legends of Irish republicanism, at its centre a passionate love story, this new novel is a triumphant work of fiction. Born in the slums of Dublin in 1902, his father a one-legged whorehouse bouncer and settler of scores, Henry Smart has to grow up fast. By the time he can walk he's out robbing, begging, charming, often cold, always hungry, but a prince of the streets. At fourteen, already six foot two, Henry's in the General Post Office on Easter Monday 1916, a soldier in the Irish Citizen Army, fighting for freedom. A year later he's ready to die for Ireland again, a rebel, a Fenian, and, soon, a killer. With his father's wooden leg as his weapon, Henry becomes a republican legend - one of Michael Collins' boys, a cop killer, an assassin on a stolen bike, a lover. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Diarmuid Ó Conghaile
Category: Dublin (Ireland)
Meet Alexander Vespucci: Irishman, economist, admirer of women and hopeless drifter in life. Alexander suffers from in situ dislocation and dreams of escaping to freedom, but can manage to do so in his imagination. Alexander's friends, his family, his girlfriend - everyone seems to find him a bit odd. And he isn't entirely in sympathy with them either. But Alexander is on to something. He has a facility for seeing beauty, truths. He notices being. He comprehends motion and ambiguity. When the Taoiseach shakes his hand and congratulates him on a job well done, Alexander appears to be sinking into ignominous failure. But maybe that is also OK. Perhaps failure is a portal to something bigger. Set during the pinnacle of the bubble in Dublin, Being Alexander is a book about life, about knowing and noticing things and a satire of Irish society at the height of our recent madness.
Dublins of the Future
Author: L. Lanigan
Irish writing in the modernist era is often regarded as a largely rural affair, engaging with the city in fleeting, often disparaging ways, with Joyce cast as a defiant exception. This book shows how an urban modernist tradition, responsive to the particular political, social, and cultural conditions of Dublin, emerged in Ireland at this time.
Author: Edna O'Brien
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Edna O'Brien's wonderful, wild and moving novel shocked the nation on its publication in 1960. Adapted for the stage by the author, The Country Girls, the play, is a highly theatrical and free-flowing telling of this classic coming of age story.
Dublin City and the 1913 Lockout
Author: Francis Devine
Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd
The essays in this collection range over a wide number of topics relating to the Dublin City Lockout in 1913, including the role of women and children; the Gaelic revival; the proposal for a Bridge Gallery to house the Lane collection of pictures; housing, public health, and medicine; an overview of the Lockout; and the international context. Chapters include: reflections on the 1913 Dublin Lockout * the 1913 Dublin Lockout and the British and international labor movements * the 1913 Housing Inquiry: public health and housing in Dublin * the impact of the National Insurance Act on health care and the medical profession in Dublin * women, solidarity, and the Dublin Lockout, 1913 * the children of Dublin 1913 * a pictorial review of living conditions in Dublin * William Martin Murphy, the employers, and 1913 * Jim Larkin and the Irish worker * labor politics and the 1913 Lockout * Hugh Lane's Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, 1913 * An Claidheamh Soluis and the Gaelic League in Dublin, 1893-1913 * in pursuit of Patrick Donegan, Guinness boatman, 1895-1955: a case of family history.