The Dubliner Diaries
By: Trevor White
Publication Date: October 2010
In the summer of 2000 a young Irish journalist returned from New York to launch a magazine about life in boomtown Dublin. The Dubliner was an instant failure, and within a few months it was close to bankruptcy. For the next seven years Trevor White struggled to keep the magazine afloat. Along the way he managed to alienate nearly everyone in Ireland.
The Dubliner Diaries is an awkward history of the Celtic Tiger by a man who tried to capture it, and ended up being mauled.
‘For once, a cover blurb is accurate, with Paul Howard, aka Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, declaring the account “one of the funniest and most astute pieces of writing yet on the national mid-life crisis we briefly called the Celtic Tiger”. He is right and the beauty of the book is that it is not some turgid sociological tome about “our society” and how did we get there, but, instead, a week by week, gossipy dissection of the Tiger as it ate, drank, preened and hung out with supermodels… If I was to urge you to buy one book for Christmas, this would be it; an ideal present.’ – Eamon Delaney, The Independent.
[The Dubliner Diaries is] a smart and engaging read.’ – Frank Coughlan, The Irish Independent.
‘Thoughtful, often hilarious and endearingly self-deprecating. Trevor White might well be the pompous so-and-so he admits to being. But he’s also the most likeable pompous so- and-so in Ireland today … One of the funniest and most astute pieces of writing yet on the national midlife crisis we briefly called the Celtic Tiger.’ – Paul Howard, aka Ross O’Carroll-Kelly
Trevor White is an Irish writer, publisher, food critic and museum director. Born in Dublin, he worked as an editor at Food & Wine and launched The Dubliner magazine in 2001. White published the magazine for eight years before selling it to another publisher in November 2008. In 2011 he created the civic initiative “City of a Thousand Welcomes” and the Little Museum of Dublin.