City-Pick Dublin is essential reading for travellers and lovers of fresh and fascinating writing as a truly astonishing variety of writers - modern and classic, home-grown and visitors - evoke the myriad pleasures of this legendary writers' city. Over fifty dazzling writers and more than one hundred extracts bring Dubliners, famous, not so famous and famously fictional, to life. Anne Enright reveals the poetry in their soul Elizabeth Bowen stays at the Shelbourne Brian Lalor can't get enough of Bloomsday Joseph O'Connor explores the Dublin man's psyche Iris Murdoch evokes the Easter Rising Roddy Doyle pities the poor immigrant J. P. Donleavy shows us student Dublin Hugo Hamilton and a policeman who's seen it all ... and much, much more. city-pick Dublin is introduced by Orna Ross, well-known Dublin journalist and bestselling author of A Dance in Time, who offers her own fascinating perspective on the city and its writers as Dublin becomes a UNESCO World City of Literature in 2010.
"Okay, London might have its share of good writers ... but in a straight contest - great writers per head of population - isn't Dublin the clear winner? Haven't we four Nobel Prizewinners (Shaw, Yeats, Becket and Heaney) out of only a million or so inhabitants? As well as the world's best novelist (Joyce) who should have got one too?" - Orna Ross, introduction to city-pick Dublin
"The next in this excellent city-pick series, with some 100 plus extracts from a diverse collection of writers" - Sarah Broadhurst Paperback Preview, The Bookseller