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The News from Ireland


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Maurice Walsh grew up in Co. Tipperary and has reported from the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. His essays, reviews and reportage have appeared in The Dublin Review, Granta, the London Review of Books, the New Statesman, the TLS and many other newspapers and magazines. He is Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony's College Oxford for 2010-11 and teaches journalism at Kingston University.


'a suggestive, original and elegantly written study...It is also a marvellous portrait of journalists at work, deftly deploying a star cast and providing a thoughtful analysis of the politics of publicity.' - Roy Foster, Times Literary Supplement 'Books of the Year'; 'a gem of a book, scholarly, beautifully written and narrated with verve' - David Gardner, Financial Times; 'Original and wide-ranging...Walsh writes evocatively of the golden age of special correspondents' - Eunan O'Halpin, The Irish Times; 'incisive and highly readable' - Clair Wills, History Today; 'Walsh, a distinguished correspondent and scholar, has made a first-rate contribution to the history of 'the Troubles', in which journalists are not merely recorders but actors.' - Columbia Journalism Review; '...admirably accessible. Walsh's analysis is sophisticated and thought-provoking, and is supported by a wide reading of Irish, American and British newspaper history... The News from Ireland will be read with interest by any scholar of those colonial wars and counter-insurgencies that have occurred in any past or present empire.' - Media History; '[E]xplores the mind-sets of journalists, editors and politicians with impressive insight. Dr Walsh's book has implications and insights which will be continually relevant both for journalism and for the conduct of public life in an uncertain and violent age.' - John Horgan, Press Ombudsman, Republic of Ireland, Journalism Practice; 'The historical detail is rich and engaging, and Walsh's analysis of the journalists' ambivalent relationship to nationalism and the political dynamics of media management in a colonial war is very insightful. An important contribution to journalism history.' - Daniel Hallin, author of The "Uncensored War": The Media and Vietnam 'The News from Ireland fills an important gap in our understanding of the Irish revolutionary period during which the battle for public opinion was essential. It extraordinary insight into how the Irish managed and the British mis-managed the press. The close study of the personalities involved and the intimate knowledge of how foreign correspondents saw their role in the period after the First World War make this an invaluable book.' - Colm Toibin; 'Maurice Walsh has written a fascinating and thoughtful book. His story of the relationship between journalists and government during a guerrilla war more than 80 years ago is one that few of us know and that has much relevance to understanding the parallel issues during the wars in Vietnam and Iraq.' - Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost; 'A very fine piece of work indeed - tremendously readable and very insightful.' - John Lloyd, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University; 'A very valuable contribution to our understanding of the factors that led to the British decision to...negotiate with the Dail Government.' - Garret FitzGerald, Taoiseach of Ireland 1982-1987

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