In proportion to its size, as John Whyte famously observed, more books have been written about Northern Ireland than anywhere else on the planet. But are they any good? We invited friends and colleagues to select five classic works on the Northern Ireland conflict. The results will be posted in a series during November and December 2020.
‘The consensus was compatible with a fairly unambitious and cautious approach by the British government and didn’t present any great challenge to the argument that the conflict would ultimately be ended by defeating ‘the men of violence’.’
‘When I was posted to the Northern Ireland Office for what turned out to be a spell of 10 years (1988-98) I was conscious that Ireland had a good deal of history, as much a curse as a boon some said, and that I was largely ignorant of it.’