An indispensable guide for any discerning traveller
'Unforgettable . . . no better compilers could have been found' - History Today
'Dublin's past comes dazzlingly alive' - Publishing News
'Erudite and practical simultaneously' - Gemma Hussey, Irish Independent
Dublin's turbulent history, its intensely literary and theatrical character of long literary lineage, its revolutionary ideals and heroes, and its ordinary life are all brought to life in this collection of letters, diaries and memoirs of travellers to the city and by Dubliners themselves.
The extracts, from medieval times onwards, include Red Hugh O'Donnell's escape from Dublin Castle, James Joyce's plans for a novel while staying at the Martello Tower, and the seizure of the GPO by Irish volunteers during the Easter Rising.
The book also includes gossip and story-telling in the humorous sketches of many famous Dubliners.
Dublin is Pakenham territory, and no better compilers could have been found. Unforgettable: Yeats in action at the Abbey Theatre, Joyce conceiving 'stately plump Buck Mulligan' at the Martello Tower, and the staggering human tragedy conveyed by an eyewitness account of the Easter Rising. - History Today
Dublin's past comes dazzlingly alive... - Publishing News
Erudite and practical simultaneously - Irish Independent
Highly entertaining - Irish Times
A great help towards some understanding of 'Irishness'; and of 'Englishness' also. - Spectator
It is much more than a traveller's companion, to be enjoyed and appreciated by all who know and feel for this extraordinary city - Contemporary Review
Thomas Pakenham is the author of the critically acclaimed THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA which won the W.H. Smith Award and the Alan Paton Award. He is also the author of THE BOER WAR, THE MOUNTAINS OF RASSELAS and THE YEAR OF LIBERTY. He lives in County Westmeath, Ireland and is chairman of the Irish Tree Society. He plants trees both for profit and ornament.