Mother Tongue

Queen Emma and the Vikings by

A history of power, love and greed in 11th-century England ISBN 0747574898 Read with Medieval Britain book group She looks a little peevish, although this would not have been the intention...

On Another Man’s Wound by

ISBN: 094796231x c1936 This book is an attempt to show the background of the struggle from 1916 to 1921 between an Empire and an unarmed people. The title of this book...

Lucky by

ISBN: 033041836x At its most basic this book can be classified as a rape memoir, and why would anyone want to read anything like that? Not for entertainment, thats certain. Lucky...

While Green Grass Grows by

ISBN: 1856352064 As the subtitle says this book is mainly concerned with the life of Bríd Mahon while she worked for the Irish Folklore Commission. In it Mahon lists many of...

Shooting History: A personal journey by

ISBN: 0007171854 Jon Snow has been a journalist since the early 70’s, but even before that he was involved in anti-apartheid demonstrations, and worked as a volunteer in Africa. This book...

Until the Final Hour by

At 22 she dreamed of being a ballerina, yet she ended up working for and “liking the greatest criminal ever to have lived.” In this book she simply retells her experiences,...

The Storyman by

I picked this up because I had nothing to read for some bus journey, but then didn’t read it on that trip. I thought the name of the author was familiar,...

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by

Not sure if I am the best person to review this book. For one thing it is obviously aimed at a US audience, so that rules me out first off. There is also the fact that it takes a very black and white approach, the Republicans are evil, the Democrats good. Now for all I know that may be the case, but I’d prefer to be convinced rather than have the author assume I agree. I also think there are a hell of a lot of shades of grey

Zulu Time by

Mark Little is RTE’s foreign affairs correspondent (although you’d be hard pressed to find that out on the RTE website, it has an absolutely terrible layout), before that he was RTE’s first Washington Correspondent (1995-2001). This is is second book, the first Turn Left At Greenland was published in June 2002 and reached number one on the Irish Non-Fiction Bestsellers list. This book deals with Little’s experience’s during the second Iraq conflict. (Which reminds me, how exactly are we supposed to refer to this. Is it a war? A conflict? A liberation? All these terms seem to imply another meaning. But that is beside the point).

Mother Tongue by

ISBN: 014014305X I really enjoyed this book, an entertaining and humorous look at the origins of the English language, its various dialects and the roles other languages have played in giving...