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Republic of Shame


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A quest for the secrets of Ireland's shame-industrial complex.

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Caelainn Hogan was born in Dublin in 1988, and grew up a stone's throw from Ireland biggest mother-and-baby home. Her journalism has featured in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, The New Yorker (online), VICE Magazine, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, The Irish Times and The Dublin Review. Republic of Shame is her first book.


At least in The Handmaid's Tale they value babies, mostly. Not so in the true stories here. -- Margaret Atwood
[A] furious, necessary book -- Sinead Gleeson
Achingly powerful ... There will be many people who don't want to read Republic of Shame, for fear it will be too much, too dark, too heavy. Please don't be afraid. Read it. Look it in the eye * Irish Times *
Utterly brilliant. Please read it -- Marian Keyes
Hogan's captivatingly written stories of people who were consigned to what she calls the "shame-industrial complex" puts faces - many old now, and lined with pain - to the clinical data. ... Brilliant * Sunday Times *
[A] searing account of the Church's treatment of women during its period of dominance over Irish society ... It is never less than compelling * Irish Independent *
Republic of Shame is a careful, sensitive and extremely well written book - but it is harrowing. It would break your heart in two -- Ailbhe Smyth
Riveting, immensely insightful and horrifically recognisable -- Emma Dabiri
A must read for everyone -- Lynn Ruane
Compelling ... devastatingly human, [Republic of Shame] will make you shake with sadness and anger * RTE Guide *
A beautifully written and impeccably researched book ... We need more books like this -- Caitriona Palmer
Caelainn's book brings real people to the fore * Hot Press *
A vital and damning portrait of Ireland's mother and baby homes * GCN.ie *
I've laughed, cried & RAGED reading this book -- Taryn De Vere
For anyone interested in understanding modern Ireland. A compelling and beautifully written investigation into institutions for "fallen women" and the culture which facilitated them -- Siobhan Fenton
Caelainn Hogan's harrowing account of the "shame industrial complex" shows how the legacy of Ireland's treatment of "fallen women" remains part of the scenery of modern life * Totally Dublin *
[A] sensitive, can't-look-away book ... Through moving stories, Hogan shows how the past is still present * NPR *
A gripping, eye-opening and challenging read ... Hogan sheds light on the darkest corners of our recent history in Ireland, but also holds up a mirror to today * Dublin Inquirer *

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