In the autumn of 2013, Eoin Butler – and his mother – got a chance to visit Abbeville, the former home of Charles J. Haughey. They poked around the far corners of the decaying mansion and speculated about how life was lived there. In the summer Dublin Review, Butler writes hilariously and movingly about a house that has come to symbolize Irish corruption and Haughey’s peculiar form of upward mobility.
Also in the new issue, Karen O’Reilly recalls an absurd quest in the world’s poorest country; Brian Dillon writes about the terrors and joys of cycling in London; and Nick Holdstock imagines Italo Calvino’s unwritten ‘memo for the next millennium’. Plus short fiction by Catherine Conroy, Adrian Duncan, Rita Jacob, Darragh McCausland and Martin Monahan.