John Waters


writer and journalist

John Waters, irish writer and journalist

Books Written By John Waters



Was It For This?: Why Ireland Lost the Plot Paperback – 24 May 2012

John Waters’ remarkable new book sweeps through the pages of our recent history to get to the heart our political, social and existential identity crisis. Ranging across a vast canvas, Was It For This…? argues that the Celtic Tiger was built on a collective delusion, and that the seeds of its destruction were sown many years before it even began, when we exchanged our colonial shackles for a no-less destructive dependency for short-term gain. Ireland’s sovereignty was given up long before the IMF came to town. 


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Jiving at the Crossroads: Shock of the New in Haughey's Ireland (Blackstaff,1991)

Highly personal look at Irish politics which became a major Irish bestseller.

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Race of Angels (4th Estate/Blackstaff,1994)

An exploration of Irish popular culture with particular reference to U2 and their Irish sensibility, published in both Ireland and Britain.

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Every Day Like Sunday? (Poolbeg, 1995)

A collection from the Irish Times  columns of the first five years of the 1990s, drawing together some of the hidden themes concerning the economic and social reality of modern Ireland.

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An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Ireland (Duckworth 1997)

Many of these themes are developed and expanded in the extended essay An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Ireland.


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The Whoseday Book

In 1998 he devised the concept of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s massive fundraising millennium diary and anthology, The Whoseday Book, one of the biggest ever fundraising projects organised by an Irish charity. In Autumn 2007, a follow up project, LifeStory, editred by John Waters will be launched in aid of the IHF. The Whoseday Book raised some €3m for the Irish Hospice Foundation.

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In 2007 he edited a follow-up to The Whoseday Book, also in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation. LifeStory is a variation on the concept of a Memory Book, which facilitates the user in writing their own or their family's history.


The Politburo Has Decided You Are Unwell

His most recent book, a collection of his more recent work from The Irish Times and elsewhere, was published 2004, entitled The Politburo Has Decided That You Are Unwell.

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Lapsed Agnostic

The story of his journey through faith, agnosticism and back, will be published by Continuum in the autumn of 2007.