A native of Dublin, Karl Whitney has published essays in the Dublin Review and the White Review, and journalism in the Guardian, Belfast Telegraph and Irish Times. He is a research associate at the UCD Humanities Institute. Hidden City is his first book.
Marvellous ... The author's eye for observation is second to none ... Hidden City is a necessary corrective to a heritage-influenced view of the past and present: for Whitney reminds us that all our environments are human - created for and maintained by us, for good and ill Daily Telegraph Warm, charming, sharp and informative, this brilliant book is an indispensable guide to contemporary Dublin Sunday Business Post This captivating urban tale has soul, scholarship and insights aplenty Sunday Times Oh, how the capital has cried out for a book like this ... a fascinating travelogue that will make you look at Dublin with fresh eyes Irish Independent Ingenious and affectionate ... It would be great then if the Americans and the Germans who come to Dublin in large numbers, and claim to love the city, had Whitney's book in hand rather than, say, Ulysses, or some official guide book -- Colm Toibin Guardian An inspired stroll Image Whitney is not only a warm and savvy guide but an effortlessly enthusiastic one. Hidden City not only re-ignites our interest in the city's architecture but encourages us to reassess our relationship with buildings and districts we may have dismissed or overlooked Metro Herald Whitney is clear-eyed and critical, but never cynical or ungenerous, and he has produced an idiosyncratic and surprisingly nostalgic homage to a sometimes filthy, always flawed, deeply lovable city Irish Times A lovely blend of history, local colour, social and political commentary and personal memories RTE Ten An inspirational book Irish Examiner