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Irish history books are pants

By Carlo Gébler   February 2004

I write anything for anybody. There’s no end to my versatility. I need the money of course. But I also believe that all these writing activities demand the same thing. In one way or another they all demand storytelling, and that is what I am: a teller of tales.

So when my publisher invited me to write a popular narrative history of the siege of Derry, I was interested. For those who don’t remember, it happened in 1689. William of Orange had seized England, and James II was in Ireland, where, thanks largely to the efforts of his superb lord…

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