John Waters


writer and journalist

John Waters, irish writer and journalist



John Waters: Thinker, Talker, Writer



From the real source of religion to the infinite reach of rock ‘n’ roll; from the puzzle of the human ‘I’ to the true meaning of money, John Waters speaks and writes about his exhilarating, totally original reflections on the meaning of life in the modern world. 


Having started his career in 1981 with the Irish Music journal Hot Press, John Waters later wrote in The Irish Times from 1990 to 2014. His first book, Jiving at the Crossroads (1991), about the cultural underbelly of Irish politics at the height of the Haughey era, became a massive best-seller. He went on to write and publish eight other books, including An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Ireland (Duckworth, 1997) and Was it for this? Why Ireland lost the plot (Transworld Ireland, 2012). He has written a number of plays for stage and radio and currently writes a fortnightly essay for the American magazine of religion in the public square, First Things. He is a Permanent Research Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. 

His books include:

  • Beyond Consolation
  • Feckers: 50 People Who Fecked Up Ireland
  • Jiving at the Crossroads (Blackstaff,1991);
  • Race of Angels (4th Estate/Blackstaff,1994):
  • Every Day Like Sunday? (Poolbeg, 1995);
  • An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Ireland (Duckworth 1997);
  • The Politburo Has Decided That You Are Unwell (Liffey Press, 2004);
  • Lapsed Agnostic (Continuum, 2007).
  • Was it for this? (TransWorld 2012)

He has written plays for radio and the stage, including Long Black Coat, (1994), Holy Secrets, (1996), Easter Dues, (1997), and Adverse Possession (1998).

His latest book - Give us Back the Bad Roads - will be published October 2018 (Currach)





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Beyond Consolation By John WatersBeyond Consolation

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Feckers book by John Waters

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Books also written

by John Waters

Lapsed Agnostic 


Jiving at the Crossroads: Shock of the New in Haugheys Ireland

Jiving at the Crossroads

 An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern IrelandAn Intelligent Persons Guide to Modern Ireland

The Politburo Has Decided You Are UnwellThe Politburo Has Decided You Are Unwell


 Give Us Back the Bad Roads