The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken Kapil Summan, assistant editor of our sister publication Scottish Legal News, reflects on the presumption of innocence in one of the best legal books of modern times.
Following the conclusion earlier this week of the five-year-long National Socialist Underground (NSU) trial in Munich, In the Fade (German: Aus dem Nichts) from German-Turkish director Fatih Akin makes particularly timely viewing. Based very loosely on the string of racist murders committed by the N
No Stone Unturned, director Alex Gibney's ground-breaking documentary on the 1994 Loughinisland massacre, has taken local cinemas by storm since its public début last Friday. In nearby Downpatrick, all tickets for weekend showings sold out. It has caused a stir for doing what official inquiri
Crossing the Threshold tells the inside story of the marriage equality movement by way of a compilation of 23 testaments from the activists who helped lead the campaign to victory in the summer of 2015. It is an important book of record which documents the internal workings of the movement; in that
Fifty years on from the riots that rocked Detroit in 1967, director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) brings alive one of its most infamous and disputed incidents in an intense and powerful cinematic polemic against racial injustice. We see enough of the rioting to place the film i
Tartan is back in In The Tartan Turban John Keay seeks to rehabilitate the reputation of 19th century adventurer Alexander Gardner, a Scots-American who committed feats of travel far ahead of his time, traversing as he did “remotest Kafiristan” and Bam-i-Dunya, the Roof of the World – to the d
The title of this book refers to an incident in April 1945. In response to the denial by SS Guards that there were any Anglo-American prisoners being held at Ravensbrück concentration camp, Mary Lindell, the subject of what might be loosely termed a biography, bravely stepped forward and produced a
The Ruler's Guide by Chinghua Tang In 626CE Li Shimin murdered his brothers and forced his father to abdicate the throne of China’s nascent Tang dynasty, ushering in the country’s golden age and becoming Emperor Tang Taizong, the greatest of China’s Sons of Heaven.
Border by Kapka Kassabova This is a magical book and one of the very, very few to open up the wild and forgotten lands of ancient Thrace that straddle that corner of Europe where Turkey meets Bulgaria and Greece.
Anyone who wants to understand modern Russia and the collective sense of humiliation felt by the Russian people should read this powerful collection of interviews, mainly with Sovoks, those Russians brought up in the Soviet era and who lived through the transition of the crumbling one-party state in
Barrister Kieron Wood has turned what might have been a footnote of history into a highly readable account of the long-running affair between the Allied commander General Dwight D Eisenhower and his West Cork-born chauffeuse Kay Summersby (née MacCarthy-Morrogh). It may seem frivolous and dis
Striking Out, Ireland's first home-grown legal TV drama in years, premiered on RTÉ One on Sunday 1 January 2017 - so you'd be forgiven for missing it amid the New Year festivities.
Ruadhán Mac Cormaic’s book reads with such ease that you tend to forget that you’re reading an extensively researched chronicle of the cases that have shaped Ireland. Each chapter serves to educate and entertain the reader with insightful accounts of the social and political influences surround
Declan Martin’s Irish Politics in Postcards is both a fantastic read, and an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Irish history. The (mostly) unbiased commentary throughout each chapter of Irish political history unravels the intricacies of each illustration in a manner that is accessible,
Weekend Books – Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall
“I was five years old when I learned that my grandmother lived behind a curtain.” The line that opens this book written by a former U.S. intelligence officer, Nina Willner is, of course, a reference to the Iron Curtain. Forty Autumns spans three generations of the author’s family living in Eas