David Thomson was the author of the classic memoir Woodbrook (1976). He was a Scotsman who became an honorary Irishman, writer, folklorist and radio producer. He was described by his friend Seamus Heany as having a 'delicate wildness'. Julian Vignoles' biography describes a talented man who shirked the literati and drank with the London homeless.
In this small book of big thoughts, award-winning author, mythologist and storyteller Martin Shaw situates Moriarty's work with respect to our eco-conscious era and a readership seeking spiritual and philosophical guidance.
A Letter Marked Person is a portrait of a deeply flawed sycophant. Donleavy's final novel, it is full of his wit and insight. Tracing a journey from Nathan's aspirational greed to his realization of the pointlessness of his vanity, this is a poignant story of an old man at the end of his days, reflecting upon the futility of human wishes.
A Letter Marked Personal is J.P. Donleavy's last novel, completed in 2007. Set in New York, it relates the interior monologue of forty-nine-year-old Nathan Langriesh Johnson, the founder of a successful lingerie company.
Edited by her niece Sophia Grene, the anthology 'A Life in Postcards' is divided into several sections, each introduced by members of the family or friends, who round out a sense of the writer's life. Melosina Lenox- Conyngham's writings are rich with a delightful sense of humour and her ironic, quizzical pleasure in the world is contagious.
The Great Spotted Woodpecker first bred in Ireland in 2009. Since then the author has followed the daily lives of this species, a family of whom had taken up residence in a wind-torn Spanish chestnut tree near his home in the depths of County Wicklow.
A retired Irish engineer living alone in Bilbao reflects on his life, work, homes and relationships, structuring his thoughts around key pieces of art and music, focusing particularly on a five-year period of prolonged mental agitation spent with his partner in Leipzig.
As one of Northern Ireland's most prominent nationalist politicians, Seamus Mallon (1936-2020) always sought the genuine reconciliation of conflicting traditions using only peaceful means. This is his personal testament.
By July 1981 four republican hunger strikers had already died in Long Kesh Prison. A fifth, Joe McDonnell, was clinging to life. To outsiders, Margaret Thatcher appeared unbending; yet, far from the prying eyes of the press, her government was making a substantial offer to the prisoners. This book is a sequel to the bestseller "Blanketmen".