Caitríona Perry on Life in Trump Country

WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT for RTÉ, CAITRÍONA PERRY‘s new book records life on the 2016 campaign trail across America …

Perry pictured in Washington DC with The White House in the background.

What state has left the most lasting impression on you?

I really love Texas; its scale and the fact it varies so much from corner to corner. You have the full range of political views there from uber-liberal to gun-toting conservatives and then those who live on the border with Mexico, where Spanish is the first language in many communities. The people are friendly and interesting and it is so different to Ireland and to my adopted hometown of Washington DC. Also, I’m a foodie and always thinking about eating, and the food in Texas is incredible, from barbecue joints in Austin to amazing burritos and tacos in Brownsville.

How do you recharge your batteries?

If I have a whole weekend off, we’ll sometimes get the train to New York for dinner and a show and catch up with our friends up there.

Some of your favourite Washington haunts?

Dinner at Oyamel or any of Chef José Andres’ restaurants or pretty much anywhere in the 14th Street District, which is the hub of Washington’s bar and restaurant scene. Drinks at the rooftop bar, Point of View, in the W Hotel, or for historical reasons Off the Record in the Hay Adams Hotel near the White House.

What are some of your most memorable reads?

Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls and Joseph O’Connor’s Star of the Sea.

What are you currently reading?

A huge chunk of my reading is work-related so this year I’ve read political books. I’ve just finished Devil’s Bargain by Joshua Green and What Happened by Hillary Clinton. Now I’m reading Unbelievable by Katy Tur – an NBC correspondent’s book about her experience on the 2016 campaign trail.

In America, Tales from Trump Country, Caitríona Perry, Gill Books, €22.99.

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