Reviews of Bryce Evans’ The Greatest Famine Film Never Made, a long essay on the famed author Liam O’Flaherty’s relationship with the acclaimed film director John Ford (Published 2018 & 2019)

Ryan Tubridy, RTE Radio 1, June 2018: “a ‘must read’; I had no idea’ about this episode in history until reading the article.”

Donald Clarke, Irish Times, February 2019: “An informative piece”

Joe Culley, Irish Times, March 2019: “A terrific essay”

Tom Dunne, Irish Arts Review, June 2019: ‘A lively essay’

“analyzes a moment of aporia in representation and demonstrates the work that multimedia productions could do to bridge gaps of representation” New Hibernia Review 23, 4 (2019)

Media coverage of ‘A Different Shade of Green’, nominated Irish Sports Book of the Year 2014:

Irish Mail on Sunday, 14 Dec 2014: “McLoughlin’s memoir – written with the superb historian, Dr Bryce Evans – is about growing up feeling utterly Irish in an Irish family in Britain. Overlooked amid the hype surrounding memoirs by Brian O’Driscoll and Roy Keane, this is my favourite book of the year: a book by an Irishman born in Manchester but proud and certain of his identity.”

Sunday Times, 7 Dec 2014: ‘a real gem … a book of real substance and insight’

Irish Times, 13 Dec 2014: ‘a flinty account of the former Ireland player’s career, the most interesting parts of which deal better with issues of nationality than the usual clumsy attempts’

‘Sharply told … the book contains a level of poignancy that’s seldom associated with sports autobiographies, particularly in its sensitive, brutally honest and insightful reflections on the impact that cancer can have on a person.’ (

‘Brilliantly frank and interesting’; ‘ridiculously entertaining’ (

‘A must-read tale’ (SkySports)

Reviews of Frank Aiken biog:

An Phoblacht review of Frank Aiken book (page 28):

Writing in the Irish Examiner in May 2014, T Ryle Dwyer said that the new Frank Aiken biography was ‘provocative’, ‘magnificently researched’ and a ‘valuable contribution to our understanding [of Aiken]’

Featured in the Irish News, 28 August 2014

Coverage for ‘Ireland during the Second World War: Farewell to Plato’s Cave’

Irish Times review July ’14 featured on blog homepage

Reviewing the book in the Sunday Business Post, playwright, novelist and poet Dermot Bolger wrote:

‘For historians, magpie novelists and anyone interested in Irish life at this time, Evans’ book is an informative and often captivating read’

‘There’s a wonderful story here of a male smuggler arrested in Crossmaglen in 1942, clad in a shawl and skirt and unmasked only by the graceful ease with which he transported an eight stone sack of flour, wrapped like a fox fur around his neck … if previous accounts of the period were often about regulations and censorship, Evans’ book describes how, in their daily lives, people tried to circumnavigate such rules and strictures’

Andy Bielenberg, reviewing the book for the Irish Times (July 12, 2014) writes that ‘the book opens up important vistas in terms of the subaltern experience of the Emergency … Evans writes well and this book will reach a wide audience and increase interest and research… [it] makes a convincing case that the war was the high water mark, after independence, of centralised state intervention in the economic sphere.’

‘Fascinating … Especially the material on smuggling’ Robert Fisk, author, journalist

‘Interesting and thought-provoking’ Bruce Arnold, veteran journalist

‘Stimulating … Fascinating … based on extensive archival research’ Prof Brian Girvin, University of Glasgow

Featured in the Irish Post, 11 January 2014
And RTE Radio One, 19 January 2014

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Review in Irish Examiner: Also featured in the Irish Sun, 06 September 2014:

'World War Brew': a tabloid take on research in the book on the role of Guinness in WW2

‘World War Brew’: a tabloid take on research in the book on the role of Guinness in WW2

My biography of former Irish Taoiseach Seán Lemass (1899-1971) received complimentary reviews in every national newspaper in Ireland

The Irish Times, 12/07/14 called the book ‘the best biography yet written’ on its subject.

The most recent full review was penned by Professor Henry Patterson of Queen’s University Belfast in Irish Economic and Social History. Patterson called it ‘an excellent study’ which ‘challenges conventional wisdom’ and ‘a must-read for future researchers’.

Professor Ronan Fanning in the periodical Studies (November 2012). Prof Fanning called the book ‘refreshingly honest’, ‘shrewd’ and ‘determined not to succumb to the fashion of treating the sixties as a golden age where the Celtic Tiger may be discerned in embryo’.

Praise for ‘Seán Lemass: Democratic Dictator’ by Bryce Evans

“a welcome addition to the canon’ Irish Times

‘washes all other Lemass biographies into the sea’ Irish Independent

‘a complex portrait of a man at once ruthless and pragmatic’Dermot Bolger, Sunday Business Post

‘a fresh and interesting look at Lemass’, Books Ireland

‘Evans’s Democratic Dictator reminds us of the measures the state can resort to during a national emergency’, Diarmaid Ferriter, RTE Radio 1, 20 March 2020

Here is a selection of other comments on the work.

Other reviews / coverage:

Sunday Times, 2 october 2011

Irish Independent, 1 october 2011

Sunday Independent, 18 september 2011

Sunday Times, 18 September 2011

Roscommon Herald, 6 september 2011

Nenagh Guardian, 3 September 2011

Westmeath Examiner, 3 September 2011

Sunday Independent, 28 August 2011

Irish Independent, 17 August 2011

Ireland’s Own, 7 October 2011

Cuisle, Winter 2011

Radio and TV:

Newstalk, Talking History, 9 August 2011

TV3, Tonight with Vincent Browne, 5 September 2011

WDAR 96FM, 16 September 2011

LMFM, Daire Nelson Show, 15 September 2011

South East Radio, Morning Mix, 14 September 2011

Clare FM, Morning Focus, 6 September 2011

East Coast FM, The Morning Show, 5 September 2011

Ocean FM, North West Today, 1 September 2011

Sunshine 106.8FM, Dublin’s Talking, 29 August 2011

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