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Naomi O’Leary, journalist and co-host of The Irish Passport, joins us to talk about maybe the bleakest book in children’s literature, Marita Conlon-McKenna’s famine classic Under The Hawthorn Tree. We talked about the unrelenting horror of the book, the historical accuracy, and how maybe it should be on the British school curriculum as well as the Irish one. There’s also a whole load of talk about Brexit and we try to solve the mystery of forgotten Irish author Mary Regan’s The Secret Of Yellow Island.
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