It is clear from the outset that this is no dry, academic study of language. In the foreword, Manchán Magan tells us: “Since Irish predates our current fixation on reason and rationality and is more in tune with a mythological worldview, it offers a wider sense of reality, a different prism through which to regard existence… So, buckle up, this is going to be a deep dive.”

And the adventure he promises doesn’t disappoint. Originally published by Gill Books in 2020, this updated edition of Thirty-Two Words for Field is a beautifully written, engaging and often surprising account of ...


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