On the Liberties Upstairs Book Shelves: Alternative Ulsters

Just to give you a taste of some of the titles that we have here in our new pop-up shop, I'm going to be featuring a mixture of old and new books to tempt your literary taste buds. And let me not be the first to mention that dread word 'Christmas' (like the first cuckoo it gets earlier and earlier) but if you need some gift inspiration we have plenty to offer.

A new release that's been getting plenty of attention, and deservedly so, is Mark Carruthers' Alternative Ulsters: Conversations on Identity.

Stimulating Conversations

'Ulster is an ambiguous and complex place. With six of its nine counties in Northern Ireland and three in the Republic of Ireland, it is perhaps most readily associated with the Troubles of the past four decades. It is also, however, a place with a rich literary and musical heritage. Its people represent a surprising mix of cultural identities, religious ideologies and political allegiances.

There is no one settled Ulster identity but as this collection of conversations bears out, there are many areas where experiences and beliefs overlap – even though people come from very different backgrounds and traditions. In Alternative Ulsters, the broadcaster Mark Carruthers interviews a wide range of high-profile writers, actors, journalists and politicians, each of them with an enduring Ulster connection.He uses his finely tuned skills as an interviewer to draw each contributor into a personal reflection on identity. The stories and experiences that helped shape and influence each of the thirty-six interviewees are presented here in a series of colourful, lively and, at times, deeply moving exchanges. Together, these conversations with those who know the place best explore Ulster in the twenty first century, revealing a freshness of thought and a richness of culture that rarely make the headlines.'

If you know someone who would love a copy for Christmas, why not call in to us and pick one up (we're open Monday to Friday). We're offering a special price of 25.99 to our Liberties Upstairs customers at the moment. 

Look out for further gift suggestions in the coming weeks...