Books

My latest book, The People’s Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again, was published by Luath Press in December 2014. This book is an eye-opening journey through the remarkable people and far-flung places along Scotland’s long road to referendum and beyond.

The People’s Referendum is the story of Scotland’s historic vote, not as recorded by pollsters and politicians, but as experienced by some of the ordinary – and extraordinary – people involved.

Taking the scenic route we travel from ‘the Debatable Lands’ of the Scottish Borders to the Western Isles; meet ageing Communists rallying behind the independence cause in post-industrial Fife and loyal Orangemen backing the union; and soak up the ambience with secessionists across Europe trying desperately to follow Scotland’s lead.

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My book, A Difficult Difference: Race, Religion and the new Northern Ireland, was published by the Irish Academic Press in 2010. This is the story of how multicultural agendas have emerged in Northern Ireland, and how sectarianism continues to frustrate new visions for a post-conflict society.

Drawing on everything from analysis of anti-racist murals and posters to interviews with politicians, policy makers and minority ethnic representatives, this book shows how, and where, Northern Ireland is moving forward, and where patterns of behaviour and social organisation rooted in tribal division are holding it back.

 

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