Great Irish Non-Fiction


Number 6: A Secret History Of The IRA by Ed Moloney.

Selected by: ‘Otis Blue’

First published: 2002 by Penguin with a revised edition in 2007.

Available? Still in stock and available at most library branches in Ireland.

Why? “No shinner I, but this is a revelatory and essential read about the risks taken to secure peace in the North.”

Craft: “Meticulously written and richly-detailed, for me it’s as much about what Ed Moloney doesn’t say.”

Surprising nugget: “Though not necessarily intended to be sympathetic to Gerry Adams, you sense from this book that History may yet be kind to him.”

Who would like this? “It’s one for revanchists, revisionists and realists.”

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