Skip to content

Response to Review no. 126

Paul O’Leary has written a very gracious review of my edited book and I am delighted to be able to respond to it. O’Leary’s own work in the field is well-known and well-respected, not least the major monograph he has just published which fills what was an enormous gap in our appreciation of the complexitiesContinue reading “Response to Review no. 126”

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

The enormously energetic working-class reading cultures occupying the core of Jonathan Rose’s magnificent study grew up from rather unpromising roots. For long periods, reading, like publishing, could be a dangerous business. In the sixteenth century, Thomas Cranmer had ‘proposed to confiscate heretical texts and prosecute bible readers’; and, as Rose informs us, ‘at least twentyContinue reading “The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes”

Famine, Land and Politics: British Government and Irish Society, 1843-50

The sesquicentenary period of the Great Irish Famine has seen a great outpouring of books, articles, newspaper features, TV and radio programmes. Mary Robinson made a big issue of the famine as something which held up Anglo-Irish rapprochement in a Northern Ireland context; Tony Blair duly apologised for the then British government’s role during theContinue reading “Famine, Land and Politics: British Government and Irish Society, 1843-50”