Books are important, but so is the way you learn about them.
For many people, the books they buy can be a way of learning about their lives and their culture.
There’s also the potential for them to be a tool of propaganda, or to teach people about their own countries.
But what is the right way to look at them and to learn about their value?
That’s what John Lavan, director of the Irish Books Alliance, an association of Irish publishers, wants to explore in his new book, Why Are Irish Books So Important?
As well as analysing the value of books in a wider context, the book looks at the ways in which Irish literature has been shaped by colonialism and the Irish state.
It’s an important contribution, he says, because it gives a fresh look at the books and the way in which the Irish people have been shaped over time.
The book has just been published in English.
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