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Masterminds of the right

This is a short but fascinating book. Written in 1992 it details the growth of hard-line right-wing religious individuals and organisations and their efforts to keep Ireland Catholic. I’ll admit that the blurb sounds fairly conspiracy theory “Probes the shadowy world of the right-wing forces that plotted the 1983 referendum on abortion and the 1992 […]

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from Masterminds of the right

The tactics, and at times, the sheer genius, of the conservative lobby came most sharply into focus during the 1986 divorce referendum. Here was an issue that which was not as clear-cut as abortion. … the tactics used were those of the marketing guru. Points of psychological vulnerability were isolated and played upon. The fear […]

Tender Morsels

ISBN: 9780385613231

Liga’s father fiddled with the fire, fiddled and fiddled. Then he stood up, very suddenly.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while. It’s been stirring up quite a bit of controversy, what with its storyline involving rape, abortion, and incest, although none of that is the reason why I wanted to read it. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read by Lanagan up til now so I knew I’d get around to this one sooner or later. And I’m glad I did, as I did enjoy this one too. Not all of it, but it isn’t all meant to be enjoyed.

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The Limits of Enchantment

ISBN: 0575072318
See also:Agony column ; Joyce discusses his book ;

If I could tell you this in a single sitting then you might believe all of it, even the strangest part.

I’m quite a fan of Graham Joyce and his writing. He really knows how to suck you into the worlds he creates. His are novels that tend to straddle the “genre” divide. You could as easily class them under general fiction as under fantasy. And I’m sure some genre snobs would never think of him as a fantasy writer. Me, I see the teeniest bit of magic and it is going under sff. This novel, The Limits of Enchantment, is set in rural England in the 1960’s, when modern medical practices are taking over the role traditionally held by women like Mammy Cullen.

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Black and white

You all know that I don’t agree with people who see things in black and white. I’m more of a “but what about that shade of grey” over there. And of course I like taking the opposite side, for no good reason. But in the case of Miss D I’m going to say that this […]

Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuck

There is currently a debate on abortion doing the rounds of the Irish blogosphere, but I don’t intend to get involved. Mainly because I’m living up to my nickname and sitting on the fence. I don’t believe either side is right, but then again I don’t believe either side is wrong either. Perhaps in methods […]