PRESS

for The Secret History of our Streets

“Many urban planners and theorists today believe that if we can make our streets liveable spaces, then the rest of the city will follow. This theory is put to the test across the centuries in this book … Our Secret Streets is a fascinating book.” - BBC History magazine (UK)

for The Story of Ireland

“An engrossing and highly readable account of the sweep of Irish history.” - Sunday Independent (Ireland)

“Everyone should read this.” - Evening Herald (Ireland)

“Hegarty’s book is an admirably even-handed one, and though … it may be generations before a ‘new national memory’ replaces the ingrained chronicle of repression and reprisal, we should be grateful for such an intelligent attempt to hasten it.” - Tablet (UK)

Story of Ireland is essential reading for any Irish person or anyone interested in learning about the history of such a small but historically important country.” - Verbal (UK/Ireland)

“This island nation’s history teems with explosive, emotional that partisans tend to view in simplistic, black-and-white terms; such readers will find no encouragement here.” - Kirkus Reviews (US)

“Hegarty emphasises the external political and cultural forces shaping the destiny of [Ireland] and chips away at the usual myths by presenting a sweeping panorama that includes the first Christian communities, Columbanus’s powerful sermons, the Viking settlements, the early great documents of the new land and the long reach of the Catholic Church into Irish affairs. Without succumbing to a dry academic tone, Hegarty offers a finely researched and timely celebration of Ireland’s turbulent history and conservative people.” - Publishers’ Weekly (US) 

“Bountiful sampling is what you get in The Story of Ireland: A History of the Irish People, the companion volume to the recent popular BBC series. It’s a prime starter kit. Author Neil Hegarty artfully encapsulates this land of saints and scholars from 433 BC to 2010 […] Hegarty is good company for a sorry story.” - Boston Globe (US)

“A must for the Irish history enthusiast.” - IrishCentral (US) 

“Hegarty takes a significant step beyond the conventional wisdom […] Hegarty … clearly knows his history well and has done admirable research. - Washington Post (US)

for A Wilder Vein

A Wilder Vein is an anthology linking writers with the natural world. Its theme is the wilder places of Britain, and its object an exploration of ‘new ways of seeing’. One way, articulated by Gerry Loose, is to follow what the writer sees almost in real time, taking in tiny details: the way young holly sprays from an oak or how scabs of lichen decorate the rocks. A landscape, suggests Robert Macfarlane in his foreword, is defined not only by what it is but by the way we see it: ‘certain thoughts might be possible only in certain places’.” - Independent Best Books, 2009.

”Here is a book in which 18 writers – poets, novelists, anthropologists and natural historians – visit the uninhabited regions of our crowded little archipelago and meditate on what these places mean; and while individually the results are often sparklingly written and utterly transporting, taken together they also reinforce a point Robert Macfarlane makes in his introduction: that ‘certain thoughts might be possible only in certain places, such that when we lose those places, we are losing kinds of imagination as well’.” - Scotsman

While the subjects covered are diverse - ranging from whale song, to geology, to musings on rabbits - what unites them are the authors’ shared appreciation of contemplation, isolation and calm. And while, as many of the authors themselves admit, it is not always easy to convey every intricacy of the natural world, what they do always transmit is a sense of wonder which should inspire readers to abandon their sofas and enjoy being bewildered in the true sense of the word.” - Scottish Field

for Dublin: A View From The Ground

Dublin: A View from the Ground is a fond, informative and entertaining evocation of Joyce’s ‘dear, dirty Dumpling’, and a fit companion for any visitor, or, indeed, Dubliner, ambling through these rain-washed streets” - John Banville

“This is a series of strolls around central Dublin with a charming, observant, learned and cheerful companion […] Dip into Hegarty’s Dublin anywhere and you’ll find yourself enrolled among the human experiences that more than battles and buildings are at the centre of the little city’s history.” - Nuala O’Faolain

“[Dublin: A View from the Ground] is a most enchanting book and I think probably just about the best introduction to Dublin a visitor could have. It combines a warm and beautifully written but also realistic appreciation of the city […] absolutely splendid.” - David Norris

“Hegarty appears to have a genuine affection for Dublin, which means that otherwise tedious passages of historical significance come alive on the page as he strolls the streets … [Dublin: A View from the Ground] is a very contemporary look back at such an old city, which means it is really the first in recent years that will appeal in a warm way to a younger generation - a difficult thing to achieve.” - Evening Herald

“An evocative homage to our capital city.” - The Gloss

“This is a perfectly delightful book … After a chapter or two in Hegarty’s company, Dublin becomes a place of mystery and magic, enchantment and distraction at every turn.” - Ireland of the Welcomes

Dublin: A View from the Ground presents a holographic history of Dublin, showing the present emerging from the past as an organic continuity […] the author brings a fresh and exciting feel to the old city. - Irish Book Review

for Waking Up In Dublin

“There are some guide books that talk down to you, others that sneer at the place you’re choosing to visit - and then there are the ones that make you feel like you’re being shown around by an interesting and knowledgeable friend. Waking Up In Dublin by Neil Hegarty can be placed firmly in the latter category … a book that will inspire visitors and inhabitants alike.” - RTE

for The Fall of Saigon

”This sharp, slim and contemporary volume [the Stinging Fly] has many promising poems and short stories, such as Neil Hegarty’s ‘The Fall of Saigon’ which, through the story of a widow and her memories, elegiacally moves between public and private worlds.” - Irish Times