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- DescriptionBrian Brennan's memories of his childhood in Dublin, before heading off to seek a new life for himself in Canada, are amusing, charming, and filled with loving warmth. This is the Dublin and the Ireland that I remember, too, t at all like the place of misery depicted in Angela's Ashes. A most enjoyable read! --Dermot Desmond, Irish businessman and financier, Chairman of International Investment and Underwriting Brennan modestly says this is 'the story of an ordinary immigrant from Ireland', though I must disagree. It is a tale of a remarkable life in Ireland and Canada told with flair and extraordinary skill. Brennan takes the reader on a journey that is both poignant and humorous and spans six decades. You'll t be disappointed if you go along for the ride. Don't take my word for it. Read the book. --Patrick Taylor, New York Times and Globe and Mail best-selling velist Leaving Dublin: Writing My Way from Ireland to Canada is an engaging and entertaining exploration of a man's life that begins in middle-class Dublin, includes stints as a travelling musician and broadcaster in Canada, and culminates in a career as an award-winning journalist and bestselling author. With passion, candour, humour and vivid stories, Brian Brennan tells how he left a soul-destroying job in the Irish civil service to seek new opportunities in a country where he had friends and family connections. He offers revealing glimpses of suburban life in the postwar Ireland of the 1950s, the commercial music scene in Canada during the 1960s, and the commercial radio and newspaper scene during the last third of the 20th century, when journalism went from being a business with a conscience and a higher purpose to an enterprise owned by large corporations that care more about private profit than public debate.
- Author BiographyBrian Brennan is an Irish-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada since 1966. He makes his home in Calgary, Alberta, where he has worked as a journalist and author, publishing eight books of biography and social history including The Good Steward: The Ernest C. Manning Story (2008), How the West was Written: The Life and Times of James H. Gray (2006), Romancing the Rockies: Mountaineers, Missionaries, Marilyn & More (2005) and Scoundrels and Scallywags (2002). He was the first recipient of Canada's Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award and has written freelance articles and columns for magazines and newspapers across the United States and Canada, including the New York Times, Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. Brian also serves on the National Council of The Writers' Union of Canada.
- Author(s)Brian Brennan
- PublisherRocky Mountain Books,Canada
- Date of Publication15/09/2011
- SubjectBiography: Literary
- Place of PublicationCalgary
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintRocky Mountain Books,Canada
- Content Noteb/w photos
- Weight250 g
- Width127 mm
- Height177 mm
- Spine20 mm
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