Wednesday 24 January 2018

Writer 'morally driven' to publish senator book


Writer Joe Jackson has written, designed, financed and published his own book on presidential hopeful David Norris in little more than a month.

The book, David Norris: Trial By Media, looks at the recent controversies surrounding Norris's presidential campaign.

Jackson himself played a part in these controversies, largely because Norris publicly proclaimed that the journalist in 2002 had written the "definitive rebuttal" of allegations made against him by Helen Lucy Burke, and by the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

Norris has further claimed that Jackson's 2002 interview for the Sunday Independent "saved" him and made similar assertions about the same journalist's most recent interview in June 2011.

This book contains the unedited transcripts of those interviews, one of which runs 15,000 words, plus another Norris/Jackson in-depth interview and a critical overview of what the author describes as "the polar opposite perspectives presented in the Irish media when it came to David Norris".

But Jackson stresses that this book is an "independent production", from its conception to its completion. Explaining why he published it himself, he says: "Publishers often have taken up to three months to respond... and by then the elections would almost be over.

"I felt morally driven to get this book out to the public as soon as possible, purely with the aim of helping them make their decision when voting for the next President of Ireland. As such, the book is not necessarily aimed exclusively at those who support Norris, it is aimed at everyone who will be voting."

David Norris: Trial By Media is priced €14.99. Signed copies can be purchased from and It will be available in Eason bookshop from Wednesday.

Sunday Independent

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