Encompassing stories of some of Ireland's best known characters as well as key moments in Ireland's past this pocket history recalls the country's struggles through dark times its successes its people and places.
Jonathan Bardon covers all the obvious things: the invasions battles development of towns and cities the Reformation the Georgian era the Famine rebellions and resistance the difference of Ulster partition the twentieth century.
Kinsale Ireland: Christmas Eve 1601</em></strong><br/> <br/> As thunder crashes and lightning rakes the sky three very different commanders line up for a battle that will decide the fate of a nation.
Alternating between vignettes of John Banvilles own past and present-day historical explorations of the city Time Pieces is a vivid evocation of childhood and memory that bright abyss in which times alchemy works.
From the high nelly to the old school Catholic catechism and from Daniel O'Connell's duelling pistol to the abominable musical bus of the 1970s this is a hugely entertaining ramble through the history of Ireland.
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