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Hungry for Home Paperback – 1 May 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Currach Press (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185607966X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856079662
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.4 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Extraordinary...when I put it down I wasn t sure whether I had seen the film or read the text; the quality of its writing creates an essence which is both viual, oral and literary. The Irish Times --The Irish Times

About the Author

Cole Moreton was born in East London in 1967. His first book was Hungry for Home: A Journey from the Edge of Ireland, which was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize. He now lives in East Sussex with his wife and four children. He is a writer and editor on the Independent on Sunday.

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I am English and am aware of the Irish persecution and famine and the massive emigration to New England (ironic methinks!) but this book puts the flesh on the bones and focuses the human dilemma and trauma brilliantly. Added to that is a brilliant portrait of life on the Blasket Islands and in the far west of County Kerry. Well written ......... Well done!
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I read this several years ago and genuinely loved it. I'm Irish and no longer living there, which helps, but in the end it was the writing that really gripped me. Moreton has discovered the art of writing non-fiction with the delicacy and beauty of fiction. He pursues his 'quarry' - here the ultimate fate of West Ireland's displaced island-dwellers - with the passion of a Colin Dexter and the pace of a john Grisham. He seems to genuinely care about the people he meets, and by the end of the book so do we. Not only an intriguing read about a little-known history, it is also a master class in positive journalism. Reccomended.
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A typically well researched and well told story. Cole Moreton skillfully holds objectivity, sensitivity and personal reflection together in a highly readable account of how most the tiny Blasket Island community left a below-the-breadline existence for relative prosperity in America. In exloring the balance between gaining material security at the expense of deep rooted community such wide-ranging issues as family loyalty, conservation of historic culture and identity, and the meaning of 'home'are all brought usefully to light.
A rich and informative read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hungry for Home - A link to our past 9 July 2012
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Captured in the nick of time before the stories had faded away. Author Cole Moreton (an Englishman) brings to life the beauty and horror of what it was like to live on this bitter sweet island.
Phil Keane (O'Cathain)
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