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Backstop Land by Glenn Patterson

Backstop Land

Glenn Patterson

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Imprint: Head of Zeus
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 31 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781838932022

A witty and impassioned book on Ulster, which has been thrust into the centre of British and European politics and which is likely to become Britain's frontier with the wider world.

4 stars out of 5
Melanie Reid
25 Oct 2019

"this is brave stuff, because he’s scathing about bad men on both sides, and wise"

Patterson, reliably even-handed, mocks the republican side just as effectively for their stupidities and rank hypocrisies... Patterson writes passionately of the inner darkness ... In vivid, biting passages, Patterson describes the paramilitary culture of punishing young people... Backstop Land has flaws: occasionally the writing is gnomic or self-indulgent, and sentences forget to stop. But this is brave stuff, because he’s scathing about bad men on both sides, and wise. Read it ... and you’ll understand who these people are. And why peace in Ireland matters.

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