Patrick West

The Introspective Nation

The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000

By

Profile Books 861pp £25 order from our bookshop

IT IS TIME that Dr Johnson’s now hackneyed remark, ‘The Irish are a fair people: they never speak well of one another,’ was rephrased for the twenty-first century. Perhaps ‘The Irish are a fair people: they never do anything else but talk about each other’ would be appropriate. The ‘Irish Studies’ industry, once suspected of being a fad of the 1990s, shows no signs of decline. Intellectual introspection, bordering on narcissism, remains the principal national pastime of this people.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • sorry I can’t spell fluttering. I was agitated.,
    • Probably try and get an announcement out later, for all these male writers who think of fluttering inner muscle sheaths...,
    • He felt the muscles far inside her flutteriung around him,
    • Next week sees return, and we've got discounted tickets on offer, right here: ,
    • We're rarely topical - tricky as a monthly magazine - but we've an article this month all about Laurence Binyon, po… ,
    • "We will remember them" - who wrote those words, and why have them become our terms of memorial? ,
    • RT : Wow. We're over the moon with this stunning piece on My Cat Yugoslavia, 'a truly extraordinary novel.'… ,