On The Edge
ONSIDE NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 – Shortlisted
The islands off Ireland have long been seen as the epitome of Irish romanticism. But the reality for islanders has been far more complex. They faced poverty and hostility while being expected to preserve an ancient culture and way of life.
On the Edge documents life on the islands over the last century, examining why 80% of the population left, and the gulf between rhetoric elevating island life and official hostility towards it.