Weekend Books — Second-Hand Time

Anyone who wants to understand modern Russia and the collective sense of humiliation felt by the Russian people should read this powerful collection of interviews, mainly with Sovoks, those Russians brought up in the Soviet era and who lived through the transition of the crumbling one-party state into an autocratic kleptocracy.

Published 3 February 2017

Weekend Books — Ike's Irish Lover

Barrister Kieron Wood has turned what might have been a footnote of history into a highly readable account of the long-running affair between the Allied commander General Dwight D Eisenhower and his West Cork-born chauffeuse Kay Summersby (née MacCarthy-Morrogh).

Published 13 January 2017

Review: Striking Out (RTÉ One)

Striking Out, Ireland's first home-grown legal TV drama in years, premiered on RTÉ One on Sunday 1 January 2017 - so you'd be forgiven for missing it amid the New Year festivities.

Published 6 January 2017

Weekend Books — The Supreme Court

Ruadhán Mac Cormaic’s book reads with such ease that you tend to forget that you’re reading an extensively researched chronicle of the cases that have shaped Ireland. Each chapter serves to educate and entertain the reader with insightful accounts of the social and political influences surrounding each case, and indeed each judicial appointment to the Court.

Published 23 December 2016

Weekend Books — Irish Politics in Postcards

Declan Martin’s Irish Politics in Postcards is both a fantastic read, and an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Irish history.

Published 2 December 2016

Weekend Books – Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall

“I was five years old when I learned that my grandmother lived behind a curtain.” The line that opens this book written by a former U.S. intelligence officer, Nina Willner is, of course, a reference to the Iron Curtain.

Published 18 November 2016

Weekend Books — East West Street

Kapil Summan was greatly impressed by East West Street and spoke to the author about current threats to human rights.

Published 11 November 2016

Weekend Books – Churchill and Ireland

Churchill and Ireland

Published 30 September 2016

Weekend Books – Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s

Our ideas of Paris during the war may well have been shaped from the film Casablanca. "Well, Rick, we’ll always have Paris…" Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) says. But I would doubt few, if any of us, would have paused to consider what Paris actually meant for those living there in the period of the Second World War. Those living there meant the women (because the men were absent, fighting or prisoners). This unique well-researched book comprises a collection of accounts by and about women who were left in an occupied country to face the enemy on an everyday basis. The enemy was not a stereotype – as many Germans were described as courteous, educated and cultured, enjoying the sophistication of Paris.

Published 16 September 2016

Weekend Books – Marshall Hall: A Law unto Himself

Scottish advocate Stephen O'Rourke is impressed with a new biography of the great barrister Marshall Hall.

Published 2 September 2016

Weekend Books – Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan

Justice (terminally) delayed...

Published 12 August 2016

Weekend Books – Highland Clearances

Scottish lawyer Brian Inkster of Inksters Solicitors enjoys a fascinating account of the Highland Clearances but is angered at the parallels with the conduct of the Crofting Commission of today.

Published 22 July 2016

Weekend Books – David Hume

Professor Hector MacQueen of the University of Edinburgh writes for our sister publication, Scottish Legal News, about a new biography of the influential philosopher David Hume which he finds absorbing and worthy of the great man.

Published 22 July 2016

Confessions of a Barrister

The gavel, a device never used in the English courts, features on the cover of Confessions of a Barrister – and is a harbinger of things to come.

Published 15 July 2016

The Last Communard

It may surprise some readers that the last Communard of this title is not Jimmy Somerville, the shrill voice of the 1980s, but Adrien Lejeune who as a young free-thinker reluctantly took the side of the Commune revolutionaries when the people of Paris rose up against the reactionary French government that had capitulated to the besieging Prussians in 1871.

Published 15 July 2016