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Britain's hunger games in Ireland

The Graves are Walking: The History of the Great Irish Famine by John Kelly. Faber and Faber, €20. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

15th September, 2012
The Famine Memorial, Custom House Quay, Dublin, by sculptor Rowan Gillespie.

The Graves are Walking: The History of the Great Irish Famine by John Kelly

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In George Bernard Shaw's play Man and Superman, an Irish character called Malone reveals that his father died of starvation in "Black '47". When an English woman remarks that this must have been during the potato famine, he angrily corrects her. "No, the starvation," he declares. "When a country is full of food and exporting it, there can be no famine...

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