Great Irish Reportage

Great Irish Reportage

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By (author) John Horgan

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  • Publisher: Penguin Ireland
  • Format: Hardback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 240mm x 36mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 26 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844883213
  • ISBN 13: 9781844883219
  • Sales rank: 150,697

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Reports and dispatches from Ireland's finest writers: the first-ever anthology of Irish reportage. Alongside its world-famous tradition of great fiction, Ireland has a less well known but thrilling tradition of reportage: journalism, dispatches and eyewitness accounts. From Elizabeth Bowen to Colm Toibin, from Flann O'Brien to Maeve Binchy, some of Ireland's greatest writers have produced first-rate journalism. And from R.M. Smyllie and Conor Cruise O'Brien to Eamon Dunphy and Olivia O'Leary, Ireland has also produced a remarkable number of journalists who can really write. Now, for the first time, the best of Irish reportage - some of it legendary, some of it unjustly forgotten - is gathered into a single volume. Whether it's Kate O'Brien on the reinterment of W.B. Yeats or Emily O'Reilly on the election to Westminster of Gerry Adams, whether it's Hubert Butler on the Fetherd-on-Sea boycott or Joseph O'Connor at the 1994 World Cup, the pieces in Great Irish Reportage illuminate Irish life in a way that no other form of writing can. "There is so much to admire and digest between the covers...All of them put you right there, right on the frontline, right in the moment". (RTE Guide). "You'll learn much about this great little nation of ours, and what makes it tick, from this incredibly well chosen collection". (Hot Press). "here are superb examples of reportage here that combine hard fact and descriptive narrative". (Irish Times). "Excellent...In such time, the need for brave individuals to believe in the power of the words they write is essential. Despite changes in the media landscape in recent years ...it appears as if that hunger from journalists, to question, inspire, and hold those who we democratically elect to accountability, is as strong as ever". (Sunday Independent).

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John Horgan has worked as a journalist, politician and academic. He is the author of biographies of Sean Lemass, Noel Browne and Mary Robinson, and of two books on the Irish media. Since 2007, when the office was created, he has served as Press Ombudsman of Ireland.

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There is so much to admire and digest between the covers ... All of them put you right there, right on the frontline, right in the moment RTE Guide You'll learn much about this great little nation of ours, and what makes it tick, from this incredibly well chosen collection Hot Press There are superb examples of reportage here that combine hard fact and descriptive narrative Irish Times Excellent ... In such time, the need for brave individuals to believe in the power of the words they write is essential. Despite changes in the media landscape in recent years ... it appears as if that hunger from journalists, to question, inspire, and hold those who we democratically elect to accountability, is as strong as ever Sunday Independent Probably unbeatable for showing how Ireland has changed ... The editor has done a remarkable job -- Joe Carroll Irish Catholic