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That Irishman: The Life And Times Of John O'connor Power Paperback – 1 May 2011
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About the Author
Jane Stanford was born in England and moved back to Ireland in her late teens. She has lived in Washington DC, New York, Brussels, Madrid and Geneva.
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The author, Jane Stanford, has written this book with a passion. The subject, John O'Connor Power, comes alive and through her takes the reader on a journey through the 19th and early 20th century. The reader senses the powerful and,sometimes,tragic forces of the social and political movements at play during this period. Nowhere is this more interesting than in the nationalist and imperial clashes over the Irish Question. We are introduced to known and not so well known characters from history. The diligent and resourceful research into the lost story of John O'Connor Power would make a book in itself.
The events leading up to the finding of John O'Connor Power's grave makes for fascinating reading.
This book is full of delicious bubbles of information; " I must follow that up" was a frequent thought as I journeyed through the book. For example we are introduced to Ye Old Cheshire Cheese, one of the oldest pubs in London and a haunt of writers, newspapermen and barristers.I felt I could nip in, have a glass or two and evesdrop.
That Irishman, the Life and Times of John O'Connor Power is about John O'Connor Power, his extended family and his impressive impact on the stage of national politics in Ireland, Britain and abroad.From a humble rural begining in Mayo he became one of the leading architects and orators on the Irish path to nationhood.
We are with him through all the turbulent, tumultuous and happy events of his life. From a young witness, with his brothers, to the disease, hardship and despair of the mid 19th century famine this orphan rises to the challanges to stake his claim in history.
From the early pages we see the character seeds that gave him the grit to sustain him through life. By his second decade he has survived the loss of his parents, smallpox and the workhouse. By his seventh decade he has become a major force on the political stage, a journalist, a writer, a barrister and one of the best orators of his day.
He comes across as a giant above many of his peers - he was his own man 'he wes not a follower of any man'.He had a deep social conscience and a life long committment to prison reform.
It is amazing that his story was not told till now. I will be suprised if this rich crop of information does not spawn a sequel.
Great book; go read, learn and enjoy.