“Northern Protestants: On Shifting Ground is vital reading in all senses of the word. It shows people changing and adapting, but with wounds far from healed over. Anyone with even a passing interest in Northern/Ireland’s future urgently needs to digest what Susan McKay has found and told.”
– Claire Mitchell, Irish Times
Containing interviews with politicians, former paramilitaries, victims and survivors, business people, religious leaders, community workers, young people, writers and others, it tackles controversial issues, such as Brexit, paramilitary violence, the border, the legacy of the Troubles, same-sex marriage and abortion, RHI, and the possibility of a United Ireland, and explores social justice issues and campaigns, particularly the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights.
Interviewees include: Eileen Weir, Dee Stitt, Dawn Purvis, Chrissie Quinn, Clare Sugden, Toni Ogle, Kyle Black, Sammy Wilson and others, and ties in to topical debates around identity in the context of Brexit and the centenary of the foundation of Northern Ireland.
Susan McKay is an award-winning writer and commentator and contributes regularly to print and broadcast media, including the Guardian/Observer, the New York Times, the Irish Times and the London Review of Books.
This new title will be accompanied by a new edition of ‘Northern Protestants: An Unsettled People’.
“Among her many gifts is an uncanny ear, a watchful eye and a beguiling ability to speak the truth. […] This wonderfully wise, carefully observed and beautifully written work is essential reading …”
– Kevin Myers, Irish Independent
“… a fascinating and constantly thought-provoking book…”
– Sean O’Hagan, Guardian
“McKay’s narration is considered and insightful, and the book is a worthy follow up to her critically acclaimed, Northern Protestants: An Unsettled People published 20 years ago”
– Stephen Farry MP at Politics Home
“Susan McKay deserves great credit for challenging stereotypes, depicting northern Protestants as far more diverse than recent news bulletins would suggest.”
– Andrew Lynch, Business Post
“This is a wonderful book – distressing and uplifting, mysterious and informative.”
Cal McCrystal, Glasgow Herald