A Monk Swimming
Paperback ISBN: 0786884142
The actor-brother of Frank McCourt offers an entertaining, witty memoir of life in New York City during the freewheeling 1960s, detailing his quest for fame and fortune, family life, battle with alcoholism, and reunion with his long-estranged father. Reprint. 150,000 first printing. Tour.
In Search of Ireland's Heroes
The Story of the Irish from the English Invasion to the Present Day
Paperback ISBN: 1566637562
In In Search of Ancient Ireland, published by Ivan R. Dee in 2002, Carmel McCaffrey traced the history, archaeology, and legends of ancient Ireland from 9000 B.C. to the Norman invasion. Now, in an engaging sequel, Ms. McCaffrey tells the story of the struggle between English and Irish aspirations in the centuries since the first English incursions into Ireland in the 12th century. This is a narrative history filled with powerful personalities and families who fought in battle and through constitutional means to free Ireland from English control.
Wars of the Irish Kings
A Thousand Years of Struggle, from the Age of Myth Through the Reign of Queen Elizabeth I
Paperback ISBN: 0609809075
A fascinating chronicle of more than one thousand years of Irish history draws on a range of primary sources, including the writings of ancient monks, personal diaries and journals, epic poetry, and other firsthand accounts, to capture the making of Ireland from the perspective of the people who were there. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Life in an Irish Country House
Hardcover ISBN: 009474680x
Following the publishing success of his book Twilight of the Ascendancy, which describes the lifestyle of the old landowning families of Ireland from about the middle of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth, Mark Bence-Jones now gives a picture of life in the houses of twenty-three of these families at various periods. Seeing the families in their houses as we do over several generations gives a marvellous insight into their way of life; a way of life in which hunting and shooting, dances and amateur theatricals may have loomed large but in which duty came first. And the houses themselves, their architectural development, their domestic evolution, the changes in interior decoration to suit prevailing tastes, are not forgotten. This book is in effect a history of the twenty-three houses and their families, the houses and the families being intimately tied up; but above all, it illuminates those of us who wonder what the houses were like to live in.
Stones of Aran
Paperback ISBN: 1590172779
The Aran Islands, in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland, are a unique geological and cultural landscape, and for centuries their stark beauty and their inhabitants’ traditional way of life have attracted pilgrims from abroad. The Aran Islands, in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland, are a unique geological and cultural landscape, and for centuries their stark beauty and their inhabitants’ traditional way of life have attracted pilgrims from abroad. After a visit with his wife in 1972, Tim Robinson moved to the islands, where he started making maps and gathering stories, eventually developing the idea for a cosmic history of Árainn, the largest of the three islands. Pilgrimage is the first of two volumes that make up Stones of Aran, in which Robinson maps the length and breadth of Árainn. Here he circles the entire island, following a clockwise, sunwise path in quest of the “good step,” in which walking itself becomes a form of attention and contemplation. Like Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia, Stones of Aran is not only a meticulous and mesmerizing study of place but an entrancing and altogether unclassiﬁable work of literature. Robinson explores Aran in both its elemental and mythical dimensions, taking us deep into the island’s folklore, wildlife, names, habitations, and natural and human histories. Bringing to life the ongoing, forever unpredictable encounter between one man and a given landscape, Stones of Aran discovers worlds. Robinson’s voyage continues in Stones of Aran: Labyrinth
The Bletchley Park Codebreakers
How Ultra Shortened the War and Led to the Birth of the Computer
Paperback ISBN: 1849540780
This extraordinary book, originally published as Action This Day, includes descriptions by some of Britain's foremost historians of the work of Bletchley Park.
The Legend of the Beloved Irish Ballad
Paperback ISBN: 0451208064
A history of the significance of the popular song "Danny Boy" discusses the origins of the melody, also known as "Londonderry Air," the words as written by Frederick Edward Weatherly, and various interpretations of the song since the early twentieth century. Reprint.
A Pint of Plain
Tradition, Change, and the Fate of the Irish Pub
Hardcover ISBN: 0802717012
A tribute to the traditional Irish pub as a symbol of a disappearing Irish culture describes the author's challenging search for a classic pub that does not rely on modern forms of entertainment, traces the evolution of the Irish Pub Company chain in foreign countries, and explores the role of Irish music and drunk-driving laws on affecting pub success.
A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search
Paperback ISBN: 0143124722
Fifty years after being forced to give her son up for adoption, Irishwoman Philomena Lee decides to find him, while, on the other side of the Atlantic, her son, a leading lawyer in the first Bush administration, struggles to hide secrets that would jeopardize his career and endanger his search to find his mother. Original. Movie tie-in.