Peter Somerville-Large grew up with his brother Phil in a nursery world at the top of a smart house in Dublin from where 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 - eighty bare rocky acres on the north shore of the Kenmare River in county Kerry - which he saw as paradise. There were extraordinary parties, sailing trips, fishing expeditions. An Irish Childhood, beautifully written, takes the reader back to the sensations and excitements of children, and paints an engaging, vivid picture of a world at once so recent yet now vanished away.
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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.Review:
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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Book Description Constable Pub., 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 2002 FIRST EDITION Hardcover book in original Dustjacket . BRAND NEW from 2002 publisher . Never opened, Never owned, never marked. Jacket now protected in New non-stick removable clear mylar sleeve. Indents, scuffs to part of glossy jacket, not as noticeable inside new clear sleeve protector. Gift Giving quality. Handsome book, green textured boards with gold gilt title on spine, in glossy green photographic jacket. 6 x 8-1/2 x 1" size; 246 pages. Peter Somerville-Large grew up with his brother Phil in a 1930s nursery world at the top of a smart Georgian house in Dublin . From here they would watch Fitzwilliam Place far below, with its traffic of animals being driven to market, the comings and goi ngs of horse-drawn delivery vans and their father's patients arriving to visit the consulting rooms on the ground floor .The family had houses in the country too . complete 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 remarkably energetic father bought an island . twenty bare rocky acres on the north shore of the Kenmore River in County Kerry - his idea of paradise . There were extraordinary parties, sailing trips, fishing expeditions . Gradually, as the century progressed, the parties grew fewer and the grand houses fell into disrepair . This beautifully written memoir takes the reader back to the sensations and excitements of childhood and paints the most vivid picture of a vanished world - at once so recent, yet so far away . " An Irish Childhood " . by Peter Somerville - Large . published by Constable , London 2002 First Edition Hard cover book in DJ *** Securely packed for Safe delivery , since 1965 *** 6 x 8-1/2 x 1 ". Bookseller Inventory # 4665a