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New to the Parish

New to the Parish


This item will be released on April 12, 2018.

An inspiring chronological timeline of personal stories of migration, New to the Parish takes Irish readers on a journey across the globe – from Cameroon to Myanmar, Poland to New York, Nigeria to Venezuela, Iraq to Syria – and back home again. The book provides a succinct analysis of how world events over the past decade have played a role in the migration crisis including the recession, the outbreak of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Angela Merkel’s welcome of over a million people into Germany, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as US president.

On one level it’s the story of various immigrants to Ireland: what they make of it, how they came to be here, where they came from. It’s also the story of immigration into Ireland; how that began and how it has changed over the years. Every single person on this earth has a story to tell, and as Hemingway put it: “Any man’s life, told truly, is a novel.” That is the message which this extraordinary book aims to send.

About the Author

Sorcha Pollak is an Irish journalist based in Dublin working for The Irish Times with a specific focus on migration and immigrant communities in Ireland. Before joining The Irish Times Sorcha lived in London where she worked for the Guardian newspaper and TIME Magazine. She has also lived in Peruvian city of Iquitos, New Delhi, Seville and Paris. She has a BA in European Studies from Trinity College and an MSc in Media, Communication and Development from the London School of Economics.



Sorcha Pollak


C-Format, PB





Release Date

April 2018

Additional Information

Weight .400 g
Dimensions .215 x .135 x .15 mm


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