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Dublin 1916

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 272
Subject: History & Classics

Dublin 1916

The Siege of the GPO

Clair Wills

Headquarters and focus of the 1916 Rising, Dublin's General Post Office is the most famous building in Ireland. This book tells the story of the events in and around the GPO in Easter Week, using eye-witness accounts, diaries and newspaper reports - 'a riveting read' Roy Foster

9781846680618 (25 Mar 2010)

About the book

It was taken over by the Irish Volunteers on Easter Monday 1916 and held for nearly a week. But the rebels finally surrendered the GPO to the Crown forces after heavy gun bombardment, and the ensuing conflagration reduced the building to an empty shell and destroyed much of the centre of the city.

Clair Wills' rich and rewarding book recounts the dramatic events of Easter Week. But she also tracks the obsession with Dublin's iconic edifice through literature, film and art, exploring the twists and turns that the myth of the GPO has undergone in the last century. It has stood for sacrifice and treachery, national unity and divisive violence, for the future and the past.

About the author

Clair Wills is Professor of Irish Literature at Queen Mary University of London. She has published widely on Irish literature and culture, and is the author of Reading Paul Muldoon (1998), and the acclaimed That Neutral Island: A History of Ireland during the Second World War (2007), which won the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2007.


She is to be congratulated on retelling that narrative with originality, economy and erudition.

- Brenda Maddox, Literary Review

Will's possesses a sharp eye for the quiddity of the everyday, and a marvellous ear for quotation ... her stylish, suggestive and highly intelligent book provides a riveting read

- Roy Foster, Guardian

Wills guides us expertly from one commemorative stepping stone to another

- Liam Kennedy, BBC History

Comprehensive in its details of the battle which raged in the city centre and particularly good on its aftermath...

- George Byrne, Dublin Evening Herald

An excellent cultural history that gives due emphasis to the "literary elements of the rising."

- Ian Pindar, Guardian

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 272
Subject: History & Classics