Michael Morpurgo's interest in Anglo-Irish relations goes back a long way. In the late 1970s he came to Dublin, where one of his sons was studying English at Trinity College. An IRA bomb had recently gone off in England, prompting the then obscure children's author to make a caustic remark about Irish nationalism.
''My son suddenly got very cross with me,'' Morpurgo says. ''He said, Dad, you don't know anything about this country' - and...
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