Great Irish Reportage

John Horgan, John Horgan (Edited by)

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 Tóibín, 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

'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' Irish Catholic

  • Penguin
  • Published 4th June 2015
  • 464 Pages
  • 129mm x 198mm x 28mm
  • 319g
  • £9.99