Beyond Belfast (2009) by Will Ferguson

Beyond BelfastBeyond Belfast by Will Ferguson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Simply put, this is the best (and funniest) book I have read about Ireland in a long time… perhaps ever. I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud or nodded in total agreement (especially whenever Ferguson mentioned anything about the weather). I’m a walker — hiking involves more cliffs and/or vertical aspects than I usually encounter — and so I was intrigued about the Ulster Way when I read the dust jacket. I very quickly changed my mind on that one — probably by about page 15 — but for pure enjoyment without having to pop blisters, this was a definite winner. This will take pride of place next to my other favourite Ferguson text: Bastards and Boneheads, an exploration of Canada’s prime ministers.  If you haven’t read that one, please do so — I do like a dose of sarcastic snark with my historical narratives, and Ferguson is a master at it.

Too bad he doesn’t like Guinness.

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Historian of the Irish Diaspora and masculinities, wife, mother, lover of good books, red wine, fine whiskies, pop culture aficionado, and Star Wars wonk.
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