Ireland: The way it was, and wasn’t

It always seem like a bit of a cheat to nick somebody else’s famous first lines to beef up an opening paragraph, but here goes: ‘‘The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.”

3rd June, 2006

It always seem like a bit of a cheat to nick somebody else’s famous first lines to beef up an opening paragraph, but here goes: ‘‘The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.” LP Hartley’s opening to The Go-Between is an irresistible invitation to the reader, but the reason it is so often quoted is that it is a truism, and also a warning and a reminder....

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