5 days ago
The Detective Who Lived Above A Pub, with Conor Brady
This week we interview the author of the Joe Swallow detective books, a series of 4 books about an investigator with the Dublin Metropolitan Police in 1880s Dublin. Swallow solves the most grizzly murders using scientific reasoning and his street wit. Along the way he meets interesting characters along the way, including some of the fiercest street gangs Dublin has ever had to offer, as well as a young poet by the name of Yeats and he also comes to be embroiled in a brewing political scandal involving Charles Stewart Parnell. Crucially for the purpose of this podcast, Swallow lived above a pub on Dublin's Thomas Street.
I met up with author Conor Brady in that very pub to discuss recreating Victorian Dublin, the history of policing, and the role of the pub in Dublin society of the time.
Conor Brady is a novelist, journalist, and academic. He was editor of the Irish Times for 16 years and has written extensively about the history of policing in Ireland. Enjoy!
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