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- DescriptionA canny, loving portrait of a 1940s/1950s rural Irish upbringing, and a heartfelt valedictory for a traditional way of life - subsistence farming, sheep-rearing, hand-weaving, fiddle-playing and story-telling - that has largely vanished from our shores. Born in Glencolmcille in 1937, McGinley tells of growing up in the back of beyond - an isolated, seaside village marked by a generosity of spirit & true sense of community, where he first encountered such mysteries as crab toes, sex, death, family and school, along with a larger-than-life local curate, Fr James McDyer. McGinley also deftly describes a number of other illustrious blow-ins to the Glen, from the eponymous St Colmcille to the rewned American painter Rockwell Kent, Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, and British composer Sir Arld Baxe. Here is a deeply felt, consummately plumbed, and superbly crafted story of our vanishing past to sit on the shelf next to Alice Taylor's To School Through the Fields.
- Author BiographyPatrick McGinley settled in Britain in the 1960s and now lives in Kent. His eight novels include Bogmail, Foggage, The Trick of The Ga Bolga and The Lost Soldier's Song and Goosefoot, which was made into a film starring Timothy Bottoms and John Kavanagh.
- Author(s)Patrick McGinley
- PublisherNew Island Books
- Date of Publication01/09/2011
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Place of PublicationDublin
- Country of PublicationIreland
- ImprintNew Island Books
- Weight295 g
- Width135 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine24 mm
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