Author(s): Ruth Dudley Edwards
The fifth in Ruth Dudley Edwards's wickedly funny series taking an irreverent look at the British Establishment: 'A Fragonard to the Hieronymus Bosch of the grittier writers' The Times Foolishly, the British and Irish governments have chosen the tactless and impatient Baroness Troutbeck to chair a conference on Anglo-Irish cultural sensitivities. She instantly press-gangs Robert Amiss, her young friend and reluctant accomplice, into becoming conference organizer. Despite their diverting encounters as they career through Ireland en route to Moycoole Castle in County Mayo, Amiss is in near-despair as the arrangements crumble around his ears. The interested parties - particularly nationalists and unionists from Northern Ireland and civil servants from Dublin and London - seem intent on living up to their worst stereotypes. A truculent Orangeman, intransigent republicans, imitative loyalists, appeasing English and hypocritical Irish are among the nightmarish participants whose arrival Amiss views with dread. And driving rain and security problems make everything worse. It is a conference to remember in more ways than one. When a delegate plummets off the battlements, no one, not even
Harper Collins, London, 2000. Very Good. First edition. Hardback, With very good dust Jacket
Acclaim for Ruth Dudley Edwards: 'Sprightly, saucy and ingenious' Sunday Times 'I fear it will make you laugh out loud on public transport' London Evening Standard 'This blithe series puts itself on the side of the angels by merrily, and staunchly, subverting every tenet of political correctness' Independent
Ruth Dudley Edwards was born and brought up in Dublin. Since she graduated she has lived in England, where she has been a teacher, a Cambridge postgraduate student, a marketing executive, a civil servant and finally, a freelance writer, journalist and broadcaster. A prize-winning historian and biographer, her most recent non-fiction includes the authorized history of The Economist, a portrait of the British Foreign Office, written with its co-operation and The Faithful Tribe: an intimate portrait of the Loyal Institutions. The Anglo-Irish Murders is her ninth satirical crime novel: three have been short-listed for awards from the Crime Writers' Association.