We don't know ourselves

by Fintan O'Toole | 30 September 2021
Hardback
Category: General History
The #1 Irish Times bestseller 'A clear-eyed, myth-dispelling masterpiece' Marian Keyes 'Sweeping, authoritative and profoundly intelligent' Colm Tóibìn, Guardian 'With the pace and twists of an enthralling novel and the edge of a fine sword' Diarmaid Ferriter, Irish Times 'An enthralling, panoramic book' Patrick Radden Keefe 'A sweeping thesis about Irish identity ... May well be the best thing O'Toole's ever written'Business Post We Don't Know Ourselves is a very personal vision of recent Irish history from the year of O'Toole's birth, 1958, down to the present. Ireland has changed almost out of recognition during those decades, and Fintan O'Toole's life coincides with that arc of transformation. The book is a brilliant interweaving of memories (though this is emphatically not a memoir) and engrossing social and historical narrative. This was the era of Eamon de Valera, Jack Lynch, Charles Haughey and John Charles McQuaid, of sectarian civil war in the North and the Pope's triumphant visit in 1979, but also of those who began to speak out against the ruling consensus - feminists, advocates for the rights of children, gay men and women coming out of the shadows. We Don't Know Ourselves is an essential book for anyone who wishes to understand modern Ireland.
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The #1 Irish Times bestseller 'A clear-eyed, myth-dispelling masterpiece' Marian Keyes 'Sweeping, authoritative and profoundly intelligent' Colm Tóibìn, Guardian 'With the pace and twists of an enthralling novel and the edge of a fine sword' Diarmaid Ferriter, Irish Times 'An enthralling, panoramic book' Patrick Radden Keefe 'A sweeping thesis about Irish identity ... May well be the best thing O'Toole's ever written'Business Post We Don't Know Ourselves is a very personal vision of recent Irish history from the year of O'Toole's birth, 1958, down to the present. Ireland has changed almost out of recognition during those decades, and Fintan O'Toole's life coincides with that arc of transformation. The book is a brilliant interweaving of memories (though this is emphatically not a memoir) and engrossing social and historical narrative. This was the era of Eamon de Valera, Jack Lynch, Charles Haughey and John Charles McQuaid, of sectarian civil war in the North and the Pope's triumphant visit in 1979, but also of those who began to speak out against the ruling consensus - feminists, advocates for the rights of children, gay men and women coming out of the shadows. We Don't Know Ourselves is an essential book for anyone who wishes to understand modern Ireland.
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Sinéad and Rick's Winter Must Reads -We Don't Know Ourselves

Sinéad and Rick's Winter Must Reads -We Don't Know Ourselves

This is the book I've been needing for a long time without really knowing it. Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole has chosen to tell a history of Ireland from the year of his birth (1958) to today seen through the lens of his own family story, growing up in Crumlin. Told through this prism, he gives a fascinating and unique insight into many of the landmark events Ireland has experienced over half a century, including mass emigration, the Troubles, social change, political scandal, right up to marriage equality and repealing the 8th. However, just as importantly Fintan also gives the reader a glimpse into many less well known stories that few of us have real knowledge of.