Yew Tree at the Head of the Strand

Overview

From seaside summer holidays to vacations at an uncle's farm to everyday life in the town of Newry, this evocative and humorous memoir conjures a vivid picture of an ordinary—yet fascinating—Irish childhood in the 1940s and 1950s. Brian Cosgrove here describes a large, affectionate family dominated by the figures of his father, a hard-working pub owner, and his mother, an "ordinary/extraordinary" woman who died following a long battle with cancer when the author was nineteen.

...

See more details below
Paperback
$18.81
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$20.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (8) from $4.50   
  • New (3) from $19.19   
  • Used (5) from $4.50   
Sending request ...

Overview

From seaside summer holidays to vacations at an uncle's farm to everyday life in the town of Newry, this evocative and humorous memoir conjures a vivid picture of an ordinary—yet fascinating—Irish childhood in the 1940s and 1950s. Brian Cosgrove here describes a large, affectionate family dominated by the figures of his father, a hard-working pub owner, and his mother, an "ordinary/extraordinary" woman who died following a long battle with cancer when the author was nineteen.

The world Cosgrove meticulously recreates is one of carefree adolescent adventure, of comic books, boys' adventure stories, and popular films. But—as he sees more clearly looking back—every aspect of the life Cosgrove describes is permeated by the influence of a Catholic—and frequently Irish Nationalist—ethos, and as he explores his childhood, the social and political issues of twentieth-century Irish history reveal themselves in unexpected ways.

Lighthearted and serious in turn, The Yew Tree at the Head of the Strand brings to poignant life a world made beautiful and fascinating not by the false light of nostalgia, but through the sharply rendered details of everyday existence.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780853237471
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Cosgrove is professor of English at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)