Overview

Alex Smith was a Travelling Showman, a Romany Gypsy whose life spanned the twentieth century. This autobiography is a glimpse into the extraordinary life of a man who lived by his wits and who worked (alternately) as merchant seaman, petty thief, scrap dealer and travelling showman. Fairs, race tracks and the small towns and back-roads of “hidden” England, this book affords a new perspective on the life of one Gypsy man, a travelling showman, the last of his name.

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The Last of the Digby Smiths: A Memoir

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Overview

Alex Smith was a Travelling Showman, a Romany Gypsy whose life spanned the twentieth century. This autobiography is a glimpse into the extraordinary life of a man who lived by his wits and who worked (alternately) as merchant seaman, petty thief, scrap dealer and travelling showman. Fairs, race tracks and the small towns and back-roads of “hidden” England, this book affords a new perspective on the life of one Gypsy man, a travelling showman, the last of his name.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781782370536
  • Publisher: Original Writing
  • Publication date: 11/14/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 307
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Mícheál Ó hAodha currently works at the University of Limerick where he is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of History. He has written and edited many books in both Irish and English including: Dúchas Dóchasach/Survivor (poetry) - (2007); American “Outsider”: Stories from the Irish Traveller Diaspora. (2007) (with T.J. Vernon); “The Turn of the Hand”: A Memoir from the Irish Margins (with Mary Ward) (2010); “Insubordinate Irish”: Travellers in the Text (2011); Slán le hÉirinn; Baile Átha Cliath: Coiscéim (2012); The Universal Wilde: Fiáin I dTaobh Wilde; Dublin: Original Writing (2012)

Thomas Acton, O.B.E. is Emeritus Professor of Romani Studies at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Greenwich, UK. He is the first person to hold a chair in Romani Studies at any university and has always believed in the practical contribution scholarship can make to providing equality of opportunity and treatment for the Roma/Gypsies/Travellers.

Amongst his publications are:

Acton T. (1970) Mo Romano Lil; Oxford; Romanestan Publications
Acton T. (1981) Gypsies; Macdonald Education, London & Silver Burdett, NewYork
Acton T. and Gallant D. (1997) Romanichals - the English Gypsies Brighton:Wayland
Acton, T. (ed.) (1997) Gypsy Politics and Traveller Identity; Herts: University of Hertfordshire Press
Acton. T. and Mundy, G. (eds.) (1997): Romani Culture and Gypsy Identity; Herts: University of Hertfordshire Press.
Acton, T. (ed.) (2000) Scholarship and the Gypsy Struggle; Herts: University of Hertfordshire Press
Acton T. and Kenrick D.S (eds.) (1984) Romani Rokkeripen To-Divvus: the English Romani dialect and its contemporary social, educational and linguistic standing; London: Romanestan Publications

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