The Writing on the Wall: A Visual History of Northern Ireland's Troubles


The murals of Northern Ireland are a unique cultural expression of a country beset by centuries of conflict. Individually, they are colourful and creative reminders of incidents in recent and past history. Collectively, they paint a much bigger picture: that of the history of Ireland and its partition during the twentieth century. Stuart Borthwick has skilfully woven a narrative around the hundreds of murals. The Writing on the Wall is the first book to place the murals in the context of Ireland's history. Stunningly photographed over many years, the book emphasises their artistic importance but presents them in a fascinating new way of looking at history.

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