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Bad Blood : A Walk Along the Irish Border

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In the summer after the Anglo-Irish Agreement, when tension was high in Northern Ireland, Colm Toibin walked along the border from Derry to Newry. Bad Blood is a stark and evocative account of this journey through fear and hatred, and a report on ordinary life and the legacy of history in a bleak and desolate landscape. Toibin describes the rituals -- the marches, the funerals, the demonstrations -- observed by both communities along the border, and listens to the stories which haunt both sides. With sympathy and insight Bad Blood captures the intimacy of life along one of the most contested strips of land in Western Europe. 'Toibin has the narrative poise of Brian Moore and the patient eye for domestic detail of John McGahern, but he is very much his own man' Observer 'High-class reportage ...Toibin was conscientious about talking to real people, not just "names" with a good line in TV chat, and went to see and hear and sense things at a local, grassroots level' Irish Timesshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 15.24mm | 136.08g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0330373587
  • 9780330373586
  • 139,215

Review quote

"'Toibin has the narrative poise of Brian Moore and the patient eye for domestic detail of John McGahern, but he is very much his own man.' Kate Kellaway, Observer"show more

About Colm Toibin

Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of five novels, most recently The Master which was shorlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. He lives in Dublin.show more

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159 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 18% (29)
4 49% (78)
3 25% (40)
2 6% (10)
1 1% (2)
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