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.
‘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.’