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Poet, Madman, Scoundrel:

David Slattery

Following on from the bestselling success of How to Be Irish, David Slattery has penned Poet, Madman, Scoundrel: 189 Unusual Irish Lives, another witty and insightful book about the Irish, this time looking at the famous, infamous and not-so-famous (but very interesting) characters in Irish history.

Taking history on his own terms, but with rigorous research, David brings together a collection of characters from across the centuries, including magicians, soldiers, sailors, scientists, writers, highwaymen, saints, actors, sportspeople and rebels.

Every character earns his/her place in this surprising and amusing book that gives a fresh take on classroom Irish history.

The result is a humorous and intriguing romp through the centuries.

Available in:

Paperback ePub

Publication Date

October 2012


978-1-871305-70-8 (Paperback)

978-1-871305-96-8 (ePub)

No. of Pages



216 x 138


Irish Culture & Society

About the Author

David Slattery has a doctorate in Social Anthropology and has taught in a number of universities. He currently works as a course developer and education consultant.