It’s not cricket

It’s not cricket

Joseph O’Neill made his literary name with the post-9/11 cricket novel Netherland, but his follow-up The Dog transports the reader to a very different time and place: the gleaming desert artifice of Dubai

Joseph O’Neill might have spent most of his life living away from Ireland, but the Netherland author still considers any trip to Ireland a kind of homecoming. “I’ve always thought of myself as Irish,” O’Neill says, over tea in Dublin. “Even though I’ve lived abroad all my life. Because I was Irish, first of all.”

Although O’Neill lives in New York and spent his childhood years in Turkey, his mother’s native...

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