Number 3: The Four Green Fields by George O’Brien.
Selected by: ‘Hans Zeuthof’
First published: 1936.
Why? “A beautifully-written, brilliant oversight of the young State, the North and relations with our nearest neighbour.”
Contemporary resonance?: “O’Brien laments the national question going to the fore when the social question needed more urgent tackling.”
Significance: “For this line, among many, O’Brien deserves to be on the shelf: ‘The anti-treaty party has certainly made the Free State safe for the bourgeoisie‘.”
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Previously: Great Irish Non-Fiction: Number 1
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