A Month by the Sea – Encounters in Gaza

 Dervla Murphy Eland Books

 Sunday Independent 23 February 2013

There can’t be many prestigious travel writers who at the age of 80 become political activists in one of the most hotly disputed corners of the world. But that is what veteran Irish travel writer Dervla Murphy has done with her latest book, which is about her sojourn to Gaza, the Mediterranean strip, now under the control of the Islamist movement Hamas and consequently blockaded by Israel. Hamas is sworn to the destruction of Israel and occasionally lobs it with homemade rockets but for most of the time, the narrow densely-popularity territory festers in an uneasy stand-off with its larger neighbour.