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I Am the Border, So I Am

By @BorderIrish

‘The iceberg always blinks at the last minute.’ – @BorderIrish

‘I was living the quiet life, watching the traffic and the sheep go by and then Brexit came along and I listened to people dismissing my importance. I could see the danger coming in the distance, like a cold front on the Tyrone skyline. So I thought, how can an invisible border be heard?’

97 years young, the Irish Border may be a late adopter of Twitter, but with more than 82k followers including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Piers Morgan and Alastair Campbell, the Border isn’t so invisible anymore.

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 31 Oct 2019
Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-0-00-835699-6
Price: £9.99 (Export Price) , £9.99
I am the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. I’m seamless & frictionless already, thanks. Bit scared of physical infrastructure.

Telegraph’s ‘best British politics books to buy for Christmas’Sunday Times’s ‘best humour books of 2019’Financial Times’ ‘best audiobooks of 2019’’An insightful spotlight on the vagaries, complexities and historical importance of perhaps the most intractable and misunderstood aspects of Brexit. Let’s face it, Christmas is not a time to wrestle with regulatory alignment, so you might as well follow in Spike Milligan’s footsteps and go the full Puckoon.’ - Financial Times‘A very funny, humane and politically astute chronicle of a tragicomic episode … a brilliant act of ventriloquism.' - Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times‘A much-needed, hilarious and insightful antidote to the daily Brexiton depression.’ - Joe Duffy, RTE Radio 1‘The account, and thus this collection, serves up waggish satire in the tradition of Myles na gCopaleen, with regular doses of Beckettian absurdism and a touch of Spike Milligan-style slapstick, made contemporary with coinages such as “bordersplaining”. It also offers occasional side helpings of poignant reflection and calls for statecraft.’ - The Times‘It does get you in the solar plexus, it does remind you that this is serious. … There is a lovely final image in the last chapter, where he or she says, “I know I’ve messed around. This time this Brexit feels like when your favourite vase is falling from the table, and you’re watching it as it gets closer to the floor, maybe it won’t break, maybe you’ll catch it.” … I think this is for everybody. It’s selling well, and I’m not surprised. It’s a very handsomely produced book - the paper is beautiful - so it’s a fantastic present for people who like their current affairs and those who don’t like their current affairs.’ - Arena, RTE Radio 1 -