Book Reviews

John McCullagh July 30, 2011

If you are very quick indeed, you might still purchase an advanced copy of Rose Brennan’s CD String of Pearls from the Festival Office, Rostrevor Square! I have my precious copy…  

John McCullagh April 10, 2011

‘Sunshine and oranges’ … what was promised to the ‘orphan’ children who were seized and exported to the antipodes to become victims of abuse.  There is an excellent film of the name just released and there follows a review: then a tribute to the Newry children who suffered this fate.

John McCullagh February 7, 2011

I have finally completed Bill Bryson’s At Home, another of my Christmas present books. 500 pages packed tight with fascinating detail of personal and family life through the ages, it is a ‘must-read’. 

John McCullagh January 5, 2011

You can tell a lot about a person by quickly scanning their bookshelves, almost as much as you can by listing their friends, their musical or artistic tastes or their leisure pursuits. 

John McCullagh October 13, 2010

I have to confess a deep-felt preference for rhyming over blank verse (and remain much-amused by Hewitt’s sonnet on the subject) and regret that Seamus Heaney – in his latest anthology Human Chain – continues to forsake the former in favour of the latter.  

John McCullagh May 8, 2010

It is rare that a new novel’s content lives up to the blurb on the jacket: "a must-read for any true crime fan", we are told here, but in this case it is all that, and more!

John McCullagh May 29, 2008

The enforced emigration of Ireland’s life blood over centuries, which came to a head during and after the Great Famine (1845-1851) is one of the reasons for the huge Irish worldwide diaspora and the fairly ludicrous situation that by far the greater part of people of Irish descent do not and never have lived on […]