What I’m Reading – Roy Foster – Vivid Faces

This is the first in a series of how many I eventually do.  Rather than writing a review I will ask people to tell me what they are reading and what they like about the book.  Kicking it off is Michael McCaughan telling me about Roy Foster's Vivid Faces, the Revolutionary Generation in Ireland 1890 … Continue reading What I’m Reading – Roy Foster – Vivid Faces

Book of the week – Kim Gordon, Girl In A Band

Kim Gordon Girl in a band Faber Press Wrapped in what must be the most understated title ever we get Kim Gordons autobiography. Kim was the bass player in hugely influential guitar noise band Sonic Youth. For over 30 years the band forged new ground for guitar based music. Always evolving, forever moving. In an … Continue reading Book of the week – Kim Gordon, Girl In A Band

Brian McMahon Brand New Retro

2015 BOOK OF THE YEAR Brian McMahon Brand New Retro 2015 BOOK OF THE YEAR Brian McMahon Brand New Retro It is only natural that the 1916 Rising Centenary has seen the launch of, literally, countless books, exhibitions, tours, talks, radio and TV programmes. Yet, as Niall Hope’s review of From Pogrom to Civil War: … Continue reading Brian McMahon Brand New Retro

Book of the Week – From Pogrom To Civil War

From Pogrom to civil war Tom glennon and the Belfast IRA Kieran Glennon Mercier History   Available here Disclaimer, I know the author. We used to go to gigs together and we have many mutual friends. My only time seeing him this century though is at St pats football matches. For Kieran is a big … Continue reading Book of the Week – From Pogrom To Civil War

Book of the week – Words Will Break Cement

Words will break cement The passion of pussy riot Masha Gessen Granta Book www.grantabooks.com Ironically enough Masha Greens previous book to this was a look at the unlikely rise of Vladimir Putin and now in the ultimate irony she writes about a band taking on Russian Establishment. For those with short term memory loss, Pussy … Continue reading Book of the week – Words Will Break Cement

Book of the Week – GPO Garrison, Easter Week 1916

The GPO Garrison Easter Week 1916 A Biographical dictionary Jimmy wren Geography publications It is the centenary of the Easter rising this year. 100 years on from an historic event and we will continue to be plagued with books on the matter, and rightly so. Many will tell stories of what happened, some may even … Continue reading Book of the Week – GPO Garrison, Easter Week 1916

Book of the Week – The Road to Wigan Pier

The road to Wigan pier George Orwell Penguin Press Nearly 80 years since it was written this book has been the introduction to a new chapter for me. I have decided to attempt 52 books in a year and where better to start than with a classic. When the first paragraph of that classic ends … Continue reading Book of the Week – The Road to Wigan Pier

Verso Books end of year mayhem

Verso: The Year in Review I received the following mail from Verso, now is your chance to read about the Village Against the World or how we can demand the Future. ***** You can still download the Verso 2015 Mixtape: a FREE ebook compilation of extracts from some of our best books this year! With contributions from Patrick … Continue reading Verso Books end of year mayhem

Steven Gerrard – My Story

Steven Gerrard My Story Penguin Ask any parent what they would do for their kids and your stock answer will probably be whatever is needed. The true meaning of love is that you would step in the way of a travelling bullet and that is a starting point for your kids. And so, with that … Continue reading Steven Gerrard – My Story

Attilla The Stockbroker – Arguments Yard

Atilla the stockbroker arguments yard Cherry Red books http://www.attilathestockbroker.com/argyard.php I've often said that auto biographies are strange beasts. Maybe it's my country of origin and how we are known as a nation of begrudges. I am conscious of that when I see my fellow troubadours doing what can only be perceived as "well. " I … Continue reading Attilla The Stockbroker – Arguments Yard