Neil Belton on James Joyce’s library of law

Before his untimely death in March 2016, the Supreme Court judge Adrian Hardiman had been working on a book about the considerable creative inspiration that James Joyce drew from the machinations of the legal system. That book was completed by Neil Belton

11th June, 2017
Neil Belton on James Joyce’s library of law

In 2007, I had the pleasure of reading the manuscript of a book by my former history tutor Ronan Fanning. As we worked on Fatal Path, his masterly account of the high politics of the period between 1910 and 1920, which led inexorably to violent insurrection, guerrilla war and a bitter civil conflict, Ronan mentioned that his close friend Adrian Hardiman – by then a Supreme Court judge – had a private passion: the work...

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