Is Ireland just cliffs, potatoes and beer? Maybe, but it is a mystery to me how a small, sparsely populated country has produced so many extraordinary musicians, filmmakers and writers. May Joyce forgive me, but Frank McCourt’s Angela’s ashes has marked a before and after in my life as a reader. Miserable lives, filled with tragedy, yet narrated with naivety and humor. The series Normal people, adapted from Sally Rooney’s book, as real as life itself, is a beautiful story of love indecision.