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  • Hachette Books Ireland
  • Hachette Books Ireland

Growing Up with Ireland: A Century of Memories from Our Oldest and Wisest Citizens

Valerie Cox

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Social & cultural history

One hundred years of memories from Ireland's 'independence babies' - a compelling story of a changing republic

'An incredible portal to our past' The Sunday Times

On 7 January 1922, Ireland became a free state. Born into that era of turbulence and hope were the twenty-six women and men whose stories and memories of a lifetime are captured by cherished Irish journalist Valerie Cox.

From recollections of the big snow of 1932, to Eamon de Valera speaking to crowds in a rural town square, to the dawning of electricity, these evocative pieces reflect both a simpler time and a tougher one, where childhood was short and the world of work beckoned from an early age.

In living memory are tales of 'rambling houses' - where each night neighbours would walk over the fields to sit around the fire, drink tea and tell stories - raising a family in an earlier era, the scourge of TB, hiding out in Santry Woods when the Black and Tans raided, and pride in a father who was interned in Frongach after the
Easter Rising. Also explored are thoughts on the good and bad of how life has transformed over a century.

Growing Up With Ireland is a compelling portrait of an Ireland in some ways warmly familiar, and in others changed beyond recognition, from those who were there at the beginning.

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Praise for Growing Up with Ireland: A Century of Memories from Our Oldest and Wisest Citizens

  • An incredible portal to our past ... These are stories of healing and love and life - and pain. Reading them is like sitting next to one of your grandparents, listening to them as they open their heart to you - The Sunday Times

  • Absorbing ... a clear-sighted account of how electricity, mass emigration and healthcare revolutions changed this country - for better and for worse - Sunday Business Post

  • A comprehensive and evocative insight into a century of Irish life ... a valuable record - Irish Examiner

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