The History Show

The History Show

Sunday, 6pm

The History Show Sunday 3 December 2017

History Books as Christmas Presents

History Books as Christmas Presents

On this week's programme, we're talking history books for Christmas, and picking out some stocking fillers for the history buff in your life. Myles is joined by historian Paul Rouse, scholar Alan Titley and Dublin City Council Historian in Residence Cathy Scuffil.  

Our guests chose their favourite books published recently, which might make good Christmas presents - below are their picks: 

Alan Titley

‘A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived’ by Adam Rutherford, published by W&N

‘Ireland’s Ancient East’, by Carsten Krieger, published by O’Brien Press

‘Jacobites : A New History of the '45 Rebellion', by Jacqueline Riding, published by Bloomsbury Publishing

‘The Popular Mind in Eighteenth Century Ireland’, by Vincent Morley, published by Cork University Press

‘The Irish Church, It’s Reform and the English Invasion’, by Donnchadh Ó Corráin, published by Four Courts Press

‘Into Silence and Servitude: How American Girls Became Nuns, 1945 – 1965’, by Brian Titley, published by McGill – Queen’s University Press

‘All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation', by Diarmaid MacCulloch, published by Allen Lane

‘Dublin: A New Illustrated History’, by John Gibney, published by Collins Press

‘Suil Eile’, by Sean Tadhg O. Gairbhi, published by Cois Life Teoranta

'Éire sa Rúis' by Andrew Newby

Cathy Scuffil

‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’, by Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy, John Borgonovo and John Crowley, published by Cork University Press

‘The 50 Francis Street Photographer’, by Susan Behan, published by Hachette Books Ireland

‘The Abbey of Saint Thomas The Martyr’, by Aine Foley, published by Dublin City Council

‘The Extraordinary Story of Mary Elmes’, by Paddy Butler, published by Orpen Press

‘May 25: Burning of the Custom House 1921’, by Liz Gillis, published by Kilmainham Tales

‘Hannah Sheehy Skeffington, Suffragette and Sinn Féiner: Her Memoirs and Political Writings’, by Margaret Ward, published by UCD Press

‘We Bled Together: Michael Collins, The Squad and the Dublin Brigade’, by Dominic Price, published by Collins Press

Paul Rouse

‘Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Postwar Britain’, by Clair Wills, published by Allen Lane

‘The Pursuit of Perfection: The Life, Death and Legacy of Carmac McAnallen’, by Dónal McAnallen, published by Penguin Books

‘The Little Book of Irish Athletics’  by Tom Hunt, published by
The History Press

‘The Cambridge Social History of Modern Ireland’, Edited by Mary Daly and Eugenio Biagni, published by Cambridge University Press

‘Munich’, by Robert Harris, published by Hutchinson 

‘The Shortest History of Germany’, by James Hawes, published by Old Street Publishing 

John Hume in America: From Derry to DC

John Hume in America: From Derry to DC

Reporter Niamh McManus speaks to author and filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick, and finds out more about the book John Hume in America: From Derry to DC, which is published by Irish Academic Press. The book is accompanied by a documentary film called In The Name of Peace

Alfie - The Life and Times of Alfie Byrne

Alfie - The Life and Times of Alfie Byrne

This essay on the life and times of 'The Shaking Hand of Dublin' Alfie Byrne is written and read for us by author Trevor White. His book Alfie, The Life and Times of Alfie Byrne is published by Penguin.

Trevor is also director of The Little Museum of Dublin, which features a permanent exhibition devoted to Alfie Byrne. 

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Appomattox, April 9, 1865

Appomattox, April 9, 1865

Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chicago Symphony Chorus


Emerald Morning

Emerald Morning

Matt Novack (2) / Baxter Poe / Stan Hope




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