Best Irish Biographies Books
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1. Angela's Ashes (The Frank McCourt Memoirs)
Author: by Frank McCourt English 364 pages 0684874350
Angela’s Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt’s astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.”When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all.
It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland.
Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy – exasperating, irresponsible and beguiling- does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story.
Frank lives for his father’s tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies. Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank’s survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors-yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.
2. GREENE ON CAPRI
Author: by Shirley Hazzard Fsg Adult English 160 pages
When friends die, one’s own credentials change: one becomes a survivor. Graham Greene has already had biographers, one of whom has served him mightily. Yet I hope that there is room for the remembrance of a friend who knew him-not wisely, perhaps, but fairly well-on an island that was “not his kind of place,” but where he came season after season, year after year; and where he, too, will be subsumed into the capacious story.
For millennia the cliffs of Capri have sheltered pleasure-seekers and refugees alike, among them the emperors Augustus and Tiberius, Henry James, Rilke, and Lenin, and hosts of artists, eccentrics, and outcasts. Here in the 1960s Graham Greene became friends with Shirley Hazzard and her husband, the writer Francis Steegmuller; their friendship lasted until Greene’s death in 1991.
In Greene on Capri, Hazzard uses their ever volatile intimacy as a prism through which to illuminate Greene’s mercurial character, his work and talk, and the extraordinary literary culture that long thrived on this ravishing, enchanted island.
3. First Light (Penguin World War II Collection)
Author: by Geoffrey Wellum Penguin UK English 352 pages
Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF … Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron.
Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me 109s. Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain.
But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum many never return.
4. Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska―Including Extensive Hitherto Unpublished Passages from the Original Journal
Author: by Rockwell Kent Wesleyan University Press English 237 pages
A new paperback edition of Kent’s first book, often referred to as “Alaska’s Walden.”In August 1918 Rockwell Kent and his 9-year-old son settled into a primitive cabin on an island near Seward, Alaska. Kent, who during the next three decades became America’s premier graphic artist, printmaker, and illustrator, was seeking time, peace, and solitude to work on his art and strengthen ties with his son.
This reissue of the journal chronicling their 7-month odyssey describes what Kent called “an adventure of the spirit.” He soon discovers how deeply he is “stirred by simple happenings in a quiet world” as man and boy face both the mundane and the magnificent: satisfaction in simple chores like woodchopping or baking; the appalling gloom of long and lonely winter nights; hours of silence while each works at his drawings; crystalline moonlight glancing off a frozen lake; killer whales cavorting in their bay.
Richly illustrated by Kent’s drawings, the journal vividly re-creates that sense of great height and space both external and internal at the same time that it celebrates a wilderness now nearly lost to us.
5. The Rhine: An Eco-biography, 1815-2000 (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)
Author: by Mark Cioc 0295985003 English 272 pages
The Rhine River is Europe’s most important commercial waterway, channeling the flow of trade among Switzerland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. In this innovative study, Mark Cioc focuses on the river from the moment when the Congress of Vienna established a multinational commission charged with making the river more efficient for purposes of trade and commerce in 1815.
He examines the engineering and administrative decisions of the next century and a half that resulted in rapid industrial growth as well as profound environmental degradation, and highlights the partially successful restoration efforts undertaken from the 1970s to the present.
The Rhine is a classic example of a multipurpose river – used simultaneously for transportation, for industry and agriculture, for urban drinking and sanitation needs, for hydroelectric production, and for recreation. It thus invites comparison with similarly over-burdened rivers such as the Mississippi, Hudson, Colorado, and Columbia.
6. The Diary of Samuel Pepys: A Selection (A Modern Library Book, ML 103)
Author: by Samuel Pepys B000NX1DZA 332 pages 13.6 ounces
Excerpts from the legendary diary of the famous chronicler of everyday life in London and England.
7. But of course they were Irish: History of Melrose, Iowa
Author: by Evelyn Sinclair. Tierney English 0853427151 978-0853427155
In the more than 20 years since ‘But of Course They Were Irish” was first published, it has become known as the Melrose bible. In Melrose, Iowa, and wherever former residents have roamed, the book holds a place of honor, easily seen and quickly referred to whenever a question about Melrose needs answering.
Includes sections on the Founders, Prather Stage Coach House, The Methodist Episcopal Church, St. Patrick’s, Melrose Public School, Class Pictures, The Town Pump, The Melrose Telephone Company, and much more.
8. The Reluctant Empress.
Author: by Brigitte Hamann 3548354793 Ullstein Tb English
Book by Hamann, Brigitte
9. Twenty Years A-Growing
Author: by Maurice O'Sullivan English 287 pages 1879941392
O’Sullivan’s memoir of growing up on the Great Blasket, a sparsely inhabited Gaelic-speaking island off the Atlantic coast of Ireland. The only book I have ever reviewed which simply had to be praised without reservation. Sean O’Folin, The Listener. Introductory Note by E.M.Forster.
10. Children of the Doomed Voyage
Author: by Janet Menzies Wiley English 214 pages
“I’m here because of what Bobby did for me. Bobby gave a great gift to me and I shall forever be grateful … He gave me his lifejacket and he has given me sixty-five years of life which he didn’t have.” -John Baker, child survivor, of his brother Bobby “There was nothing for us to do except hang on to this rope.
So we were facing each other on the side of the lifeboat with this rope between us. And we never let go of that rope in all the time that followed – which turned out to be nineteen hours in all …
We knew if we did let go, that would be the end of us. The waves were terrible. We were being thrown one way and then dragged back again. Then there would be a huge wave coming right over us.
You couldn’t see and you would be coughing and spluttering … Next thing you were up in the air and back again … We were just two schoolgirls fighting the north Atlantic … There is nothing more lonely than being in mid-Atlantic on a boat upside down …
Nothing alive except us three.” -Beth and Bess, child survivors “It was terrible, you had to fight every minute. My hands were being cut in shreds with these horrible rusty tin canisters. But I was holding on, even though I was only eleven and quite slight, I kept fighting, every minute of fifteen hours in that awful sea – and I know that’s why I’m alive today.” -Sonia Bechs, child survivor “He kept diving again and again and bringing back children.
Author: by Frank McCourt 14 hours and 5 minutes Frank McCourt Ready
The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured our hearts in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes comes of age in ‘Tis. Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream.
Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to “join the cops” and “stick to his own kind”, Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances. And though he left school at 14, he talks his way into New York University, falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blond, and tries to live his dream.
But it is not until he starts to teach – and to write – that Frank finds his place in the world. And for those of us who are lucky enough to come across his writings – and captivating readings – ‘Tis a wonderful thing that he did.
12. Warwick the Kingmaker
Author: by Paul Murray Kendall Phoenix English 368 pages
During the Wars of the Roses, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, exercised more than regal power. His death, in battle with a king he put in power and then tried to overthrow, marked the end of an important era in English history.
13. This for Remembrance: The Autobiography of Rosemary Clooney, an Irish-American Singer
Author: by Rosemary Clooney Playboy Press English 250 pages
Dust jacket notes: “Rosemary Clooney was at the very top of the entertainment ladder. Young, vivacious, radiant, with all-American good looks and a lovely voice, she was America’s ‘singing sweetheart’ in the 1950s. Featured on the cover of Time, star of hit movies (White Christmas, Here Come the Girls), married to the brilliant actor Jose Ferrer in 1953 and mother of five children, host of her own network TV show in 1958, she had everything to live for.
But in 1968 her world shattered. She suffered a terrifying mental breakdown, lived through the torments of hell, and emerged a strong, happy and fulfilled woman.This is her story. Never sparing herself, Rosemary Clooney writes with utter candor about the pressures that broke a gifted, beautiful and wildly successful young woman, bringing her to an isolation cell in the psychiatric ward of St. John’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
Hounded by hallucinatory demons, she pounded the walls in her paranoid frenzies. Reaching the depths of despair, Rosemary Clooney fought her way back to a productive, meaningful and contented life. Still beautiful, she has resumed her career and lives at peace with herself in her Beverly Hills home.
14. Among You Taking Notes…: The Wartime Diary of Naomi Mitchison 1939-1945
Author: by Naomi Mitchison English 352 pages 0192819518
From September 1939 to August 1945, Naomi Mitchison kept a diary at the request of the social research organization Mass-Observation.