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My Lady of the Chimney Corner: A Story of Love and Poverty in Irish Peasant Life Paperback – 3 Oct 2015

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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Books Ulster (3 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910375322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910375327
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Alex Irvine's first novel A Scattering of Jades won the Crawford Award for Best New Writer. He also won awards for Best New Novel from Locus Magazine and The International Horror Guild and was a finalist for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He is an experienced writer of novelisations including Transformers Exodus, Transformers Exiles and Iron Man: Virus. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Very interesting social history. It paints a picture of a vanished world of close relationships between neighbours bound together by a common bond of extreme hardship and poverty and leaves you with a deep admiration for their spirit and courage and determination to survive. Well worth reading!
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The reason I purchased this book was when my mum died on the 11/1/2011 I came across a poem which she had copied down years ago. I don't know whether or not it had anything to do with the fact she originally lived in Ireland for about 4 years when she was really young. But I had to find out what was in the book. Brilliant I could not put it down,the trials and tribulations of the writers father and mother were amazing.Really a great eye opener,Catholic versus Protestant being married. Had a bit of poignancy considering my husband is a Catholic and I am Protestant and we have been married for 32 years now with 2 children. But when we first got married we tried to get married in the Catholic church,but unless I changed my religion and promised to bring my daughter up in the Catholic faith they were not having it.You see in their eyes he commited a sin by marrying a divorcee with one child.Just goes to show how time changes. Great book,10 stars. Thanks Linda
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This little book has been thoroughly enjoyed by myself and my husband.
We have both read it about 3 times, all of which brought tears to our eyes. It really is wonderful and one can really sense the terrible poverty this family experienced.
This book really shows this lovely lady as how she truely lived out her life by the Bible. I was really touched by one of her many sayings... True poverty is when you don't have love in your heart!

A really inspirational, touching and moving little book.
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By EMF on 30 Oct. 2011
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As this was written by my Great Great Uncle I am rather biased towards the writing. I had never read any of his books before and was interested in finding out about his life and family. It gives a great insight into the hardships faced during the potato famine and subsequent years and makes you wonder at the sheer life force of people in the most dire circumstances. The one criticism I would give is the way some of it is written in an Irish accent which makes for hard going sometimes.
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Having read this book several times in the past, I was no stranger to the ideals and angst expressed in it. I loved it from the first time I was given it as a leaving present. Would that all co-religionists could see that people matter more than set dogma, as is shown by not only Irvine's mother, but Irvine himself. His story, of discrimination and mixed marriage, with accompanying poverty, is actually little-known in Northern Ireland, and although born there myself, only a few miles away from Antrim, it was never mentioned or discussed by the religious community during my teenage years there. I have given away many copies of the book since.There are of course many reasons why silence was kept on that kind of story!
Recommended for those who are torn between religious dogma and a growing sense of the unreality of certain types of religious belief.
Irvine's own life story describing his work as a preacher and socialist in USA ('From the Bottom Up') whilst he remained unwanted by most Christian churches, would complement your reading.
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My Lady of Chimney Corner was expertly written by the Author (Alexander Irvine). I savoured every word and in particular the dialect.
I first borrowed the book and after reading it, I purchased it from Amazon as a must for my own little library.
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