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Growing Up So High: A Liberties Boyhood Paperback – 2 Sep 2013


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To open any page at random is to be instantly swept up in a swirling cornucopia of the sounds, sights and sensations of his childhood, all rendered as fresh as when first experienced by this impressionable, mischievous and inquisitive child...O'Connor's memory of vanished shops, slang expressions and street characters is so strong that here is a memoir for any lover of Dublin folklore to test their knowledge against ... [a] vibrant memoir of a vanished Dublin (Irish Independent)

A joyous portrait of family life ... a wonderful homage to the character of the Liberties and its people (Irish Times)

O'Connor vividly conjures the smallest details of this childhood world - a testament to his powers of recall. The prose is filled with moments of life ... An act of careful attention and reconstruction that will prove richly fascinating to anyone who grew up in Dublin in the middle of the 20th century (The Sunday Business Post)

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A moving, vivid and life-affirming picture of a boyhood, an extended family, a proud community and an all-but-vanished way of life.

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