Book clinic: which books can help me understand the Irish identity?

From poetry to Roy Foster’s collections of history, our expert picks the books that illuminate Irishness. First, find a Dublin pub…

I live in London but am about to relocate to Ireland because of Brexit. Which books could help me to understand the soul of the Irish people?
Linda Joy, 50, communications specialist

JP O’Malley, cultural critic, journalist and writer, writes:
Begin in a random Dublin pub. Order a pint of Guinness, alone. Listen to the voices around you, but don’t stray far from your reading list. You’ll need a crash course in Irish history to start.

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