Author(s): Colm Toibin
This unique volume, comprising Colm Toibin's acclaimed short text and a linked collection of key documents put together by one of Ireland's leading younger historians, offers a many-sided view of one's of history's most poignant and far-reaching catastrophes. This book will allow the reader to understand the complex way in which the fragmentary past is both available to us...and distant from us. We get those insights from Toibin's short history and from a rich collection of documents - government papers, recipes, journalism, letters, statistics, personal statements, all linked so the book can be read as a whole.
Colm Toibin is the author of four novels (The Blackwater Lightship was shortlisted for the Booker) and also a book about Catholic Europe. Diarmaid Ferriter is Professor of Modern Irish History at University College, Dublin. He is the author of the acclaimed and best-selling Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 and of Judging Dev, a life of De Valera.