She is to be congratulated on retelling that narrative with originality, economy and erudition. (Brenda Maddox Literary Review
Will's possesses a sharp eye for the quiddity of the everyday, and a marvellous ear for quotation ... her stylish, suggestive and highly intelligent book provides a riveting read (Roy Foster Guardian
Wills guides us expertly from one commemorative stepping stone to another (Liam Kennedy BBC History
Comprehensive in its details of the battle which raged in the city centre and particularly good on its aftermath... (George Byrne Dublin Evening Herald
An excellent cultural history that gives due emphasis to the "literary elements of the rising." (Ian Pindar Guardian
The Easter Rising is analysed with verve in this absorbing account which also considers the event's repercussions on subsequent generations. (N/A Observer
Magnificent. (Julian Fleming Sunday Business Post
In the run-up to the 1916 centenary you are going to be hit with a virtual avalanche of books... few will be as definitive as this... A dispassionate, scholarly, yet effortless read. (Tom Widger Sunday Tribune
A thrilling account. (John Coulter Tribune magazine
`This fascinating study shows how the building itself waxed and waned in the imagination...a magisterial review of the sources'
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