O’Brien on Burke

I use the kindle on holiday, and have often been grateful to abe books for helping me track down obscure purchases at reasonable prices, but there is still a special kind of blessing about discovering gold in a second hand bookshop. In one of Much Wenlock’s two bookshops I picked up a biography of Burke for £3.50. It’s by Conor Cruise O’Brien, who I’ve always thought of as a bit special. It’s over six hundred pages, and it’s given me a week of fascinated reading. O’Brien clearly reveres Burke, quotes him at lavish and understandable length, and follows meticulous arguments with passion and intelligence. Such a treat.