- 01 Nov 13
The gulf between Ireland’s Gaelic past and Britain’s Royal present isn’t as yawning as you might imagine
I wonder if Martin McGuinness managed to have a shufti at Fintan O’Toole’s “A History of Ireland in 100 Objects” in the Irish Times on October 8th before addressing a conference of potential foreign investors at Hillsborough Castle two days later?
I didn’t reckon Colm Toibin’s Booker-nominated 81-page novel/novella Testament of Mary. But I totally liked his instant tweeted response to the award of the prize to Eleanor Catton for her 825-page “The Luminaries”: “Bullshit result. And the food here is terrible. I’m going home.”