Feckers: 50 People Who Fecked Up Ireland

Feckers: 50 People Who Fecked Up Ireland

by John Waters

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Overview

Which 50 People turned Ireland into the fecked-up country she is today? Bono? Haughey? Louis Walsh? de Valera? It''s time to name and shame the great, the good and the gobshites...

Conventional wisdom has it that Ireland, after a violent and tragic history, had began to get things right. But when the ill wind of recession cruelly snatched that self-satisfied achievement away, it all seemed like exceedingly back luck.

In his 50 brilliantly acerbic portraits Waters reveals a consistent pattern of self-delusion, myopia, inferiority complex, bravado, defeatism, cynicism, sentimentalism and conceit. He traces Ireland''s story from the paranoid insularism and cultural myopia that followed national Independence, though the post-Sixties obsession with a faux ''self-confidence'', to the final, salutary meltdown of the Celtic Tiger, and strangely lacking either Celts or tigers.

Once among the oldest civilization in Europe, Ireland has ended up as a second-rate version of the England it tried to discard. It threw out not merely the bathwater and the baby, but also the bathtub, the sponge and the rubber duck...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849019248
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 10/06/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,168,545
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

John Waters was born in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, in 1955. He held a range of jobs after leaving school, including railway clerk, showband roadie, pirate radio manager, petrol pump attendant and mailcar driver.

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