A State of Emergency by Richard Chambers
is an important documentation of the key milestones and touchpoints in Ireland's COVID-19 pandemic journey, this book gives us behind the scenes and first-hand accounts of the crisis from those on the front lines, as well a look behind the political curtain at some of the decisions taken during this challenging period.
The book is well paced and structured, and while being easily digestible in terms of format, it sometimes makes for difficult reading in terms of content. Despite the sad nature of the events which left so many lives devastated, the cruel nature of a pandemic meant that many others were spared the worst, which makes this book, and the interviews and analysis within, so significant.
The book serves as a reminder that even though our prognosis as a society is much more optimistic in the post-vaccine era, we are still not free and clear of COVID. We all still have a responsibility to reduce the spread of infection in order to protect ourselves and others, and when the time is right, to mark the work and sacrifices made by so many.
That Place We Call Home
Uncovering the secrets that lay in plain sight across the signposts of Ireland, John Creedon's That Place We Call Home takes the reader on an insightful and enjoyable journey through the history of the island and the imprints that history has left on the place names of the country.
A book full of historical facts, trivia, insights, folklore, and appreciation. The meaning of regular town and place names like Buttevant, Nobber, and Moll's Gap turn out to be not so regular in their origins. A joy to read and a book that equips you with a new lens to use when travelling the roads of Ireland.
The Great Economists
The Great Economists by Linda Yueh is an informative and interesting combination of history, economic analysis and commentary. The book summarises the life, times, theories, and beliefs of twelve key economists throughout history, and then analyses current economic trends and the challenges of our time through the lens of those historical theories.
The weighty and complex intersection of many, sometimes contradictory, economic theories being applied to current economic issues is a challenge in itself to do in an understandable way. The author executes on this challenge excellently, delivering an accessible introduction to economics history, coupled with exemplar critical analysis.
Time Before Time - Volume 1
Time Before Time is a fantastic new graphic novel from Irish comics stars Declan Shalvey and Rory McConville, with artists Joe Palmer and Chris O'Halloran. The story follows a time jumping organised crime hustler that transports desperate people to safer times in the past, until he decides to make a run for it himself. Catch up with the story in Volume 1, before it gets made into the next hit TV show!