Longford Leader columnist, Mattie Fox
It’s not usual for any writer to quote another writer, but I must pay a tribute to Liam Fay, of the Sunday Times for his opening paragraph of a review of David McWilliams new book.
“Name calling is a pursuit to which David McWilliams has long devoted enormous effort - yet the title of his latest book is a misnomer. Renaissance Nation presents itself as a new kind of social study about a new kind of Ireland, a literary salute to the dynamic role played by cultural innovation and liberalized attitudes in the latter-day revival of the Republic’s economic fortunes.
Sadly however, the authors lofty goals and occasionally interesting arguments are obscured by his chronic over reliance on tired tropes and played-out gimmicks. As McWilliams plods over old ground in ever decreasing circles, riffing at tedious length on catchphrases without catchiness and buzz words that lost their relevance a decade ago, the operative word is not so much ‘renaissance’ as ‘rehash’.”
Any writer would envy such eloquent ease.