Peter Somerville-Large An Irish Childhood

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An Irish Childhood

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Peter Somerville-Large grew up with his brother Phil in a nursery world at the top of a smart house in Dublin from which they could watch Fitzwilliam Place far below, with the horse drawn delivery vans, the animals being driven to market and their father's patients arriving to visit the consulting rooms on the ground floor. The family had houses in the country too, with livestock and vegetable gardens and a bevy of eccentric relations, among them Edith Somerville (of Somerville and Ross fame). When Peter was five, his father bought an island - 80 bare rocky acres on the north shore of the Kenmare River in County Kerry - which he saw as paradise. There were parties, sailing trips and fishing expeditions. This biography takes the reader back to the sensations and excitements of children, and paints a picture of a world at once so recent and yet now vanished.

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Born in 1928, Peter Somerville-Large was educated in Dublin. After a decade working abroad he returned to Ireland to take up a writing career. His many books of travel and social history include The Grand Irish Tour, Irish Eccentrics, and Cappaghglass.

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Peter Somerville-Large's memories have an authentic and enchanting quality as he evokes the world of his parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts.' Contemporary Review - '..recalls in graphic detail the joys and tribulations of a childhood spent in a milieu that has vanished. * Books of Ireland *

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