Reviews

  • Achingly powerful ... There will be many people who don't want to read Republic of Shame, for fear it will be too much, too dark, too heavy. Please don't be afraid. Read it. Look it in the eye

    Irish Times
  • Hogan's captivatingly written stories of people who were consigned to what she calls the "shame-industrial complex" puts faces - many old now, and lined with pain - to the clinical data. ... Brilliant

    Sunday Times
  • [A] searing account of the Church's treatment of women during its period of dominance over Irish society ... It is never less than compelling

    Irish Independent
  • Compelling ... devastatingly human, [Republic of Shame] will make you shake with sadness and anger

    RTÉ Guide
  • Caelainn's book brings real people to the fore

    Hot Press
  • A vital and damning portrait of Ireland's mother and baby homes

    GCN.ie
  • Caelainn Hogan's harrowing account of the "shame industrial complex" shows how the legacy of Ireland's treatment of "fallen women" remains part of the scenery of modern life

    Totally Dublin
  • [A] sensitive, can't-look-away book ... Through moving stories, Hogan shows how the past is still present

    NPR
  • A gripping, eye-opening and challenging read ... Hogan sheds light on the darkest corners of our recent history in Ireland, but also holds up a mirror to today

    Dublin Inquirer

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