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This comprehensive volume tells the entire history of the Emerald Isle in the colourful, rollicking, accessible style that readers everywhere associate with Malachy McCourt. While it vividly describes the various phases of Ireland'sturbulent history, from the Celtic settlements, through the British and Celtic occupations, through the modern strife and struggle for independence, this is also a sweeping cultural survey that offers fresh insights on the folklore, literature, art, music and cuisine of Ireland.
County Limerick native Malachy McCourt is the authority to tell the history of Ireland. He has written several books, including the best-selling A Monk Swimming, Singing My Him Song, Danny Boy, Voices of Ireland, and The Claddagh Ring. Complementing his literary work, McCourt is also a skilled actor. He appeared in the television series Oz and in feature films such as The Bonfire of the Vanities. He lives in New York City.