Diarmaid Ferriter is one of Ireland's best- known historians and is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His books include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2004), Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the life and legacy of Eamon de Valera (2007), Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland (2009) and Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s (2012). His most recent book is A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-23 (2015) He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio and a weekly columnist with the Irish Times. In 2010 he presented a three-part history of twentieth century Ireland, The Limits of Liberty, on RTE television.
On the Edge is a superb book, painstakingly researched and brilliantly written. * Irish Examiner * Ferriter skilfully poses big questions with the small stories of small places * Irish Times * ...packed with intriguing analysis and historical detail * Irish Independent * This timely book is a good a place as any to start an important debate * Sunday Independent (Ireland) * Ferriter's unique book abut Ireland's offshore islands, is a treasure trove of new research on the economies, cultures, survival strategies, evacuations and extraordinary people who inhabited places held up to us as the cradle of Gaelic civilisation. -- Catriona Crowe * Irish Times *