Category: Books

Patrick Leigh Fermor is the justly famous author of some of the best travel books of the last century. This book is the final part, published posthumously, that rounds out his recreation of walking across Europe in the 1930s, begun in The Time of Gifts and The Way Through the Woods. His destination was supposed…

For the serious political buff this is the read of the summer. Whether Hilary Clinton will run for the White House remains a mystery wrapped in an enigma. This book recounts her experiences as American Secretary of State, dealing directly with the foreign affairs of the United States. This is one of the most sensitive…

For those still absorbed in the current of Irish politics Pat Leahy’s book about the inner tensions of the present coalition will make an absorbing read, as riveting as his account of Fianna Fail in Government as the economy collapsed. Not exactly escapist reading, but necessary perhaps. 

Christopher Moriarty The North Bull Island is one of the most remarkable and most treasured of all the landforms in Dublin Bay. That is quite an achievement because the bay contains in a small space a truly amazing abundance and variety of natural and man-made habitats which serve both wild plants and animals and not…

Stefan Kornelius devotes much of this lively, detailed biography to Angela Merkel’s life in East Germany, the former German Domocratic Republic (established in the Russian zone after the war), exploring the influence that reviled but often poorly understood place had on her career, her personality, and her political outlook. State socialism, German-style, was repressive and…