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Undernose Farm Revisited (Paperback)

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Short stories that are love letters to hard-scrabble city life in 1960s Dublin

In an expanded edition of his original privately published book of 12 stories published in December 2020, Harry Crosbie adds a further 16 tales of the Dublin of his youth. Begun during lockdown, Harry harvested his formidable memory and imagination to recreate city life during the early 1960s, told through tales of the Dublin and Dubliners who peopled his hard-scrabble world.

John Banville wrote of the original volume, ‘These wonderfully direct and vivid tales catch the essence of Dublin life half a century ago. They are by turns rambunctious and touching, clear-eyed and accepting, warm though never sentimental, and frequently hilarious.’ Richard Ford compared his work to the writings of Mark Twain, Ring Lardner and Nelson Algren.

Crosbie has now fulfilled this promise with these fresh sparkling stories propelled by character, ambition, need and greed, suffused by humanity and wit. They are peopled by family, down-at-heel aristocrats, antique dealers and auctioneers, the river and streetlife of pre-Celtic Tiger Dublin, its pubs and cafes, homes and institutions. Warm as coddle on a winter’s night. Each tale is nuanced, spare and perfectly pitched. Part chamber music, part ballad and folktale, Undernose Farm Revisited bears the stamp of literature in the making.

About the Author

Harry Crosbie OBE is best known as the developer who transformed Dublin and its music scene during the late 1980s and 1990s with the Point and Bord Gáis theatres, Vicar Street and the docklands. Here he discovers a voice that will leave an equal mark on cultural memory.

Praise For…

"It’d be self-congratulating to say that if Crosbie the writer didn’t exist we’d have to invent him. It’d also be hopeless because we couldn’t do it. We couldn’t manufacture a writer who knows all the weird, grainy and hilarious stuff Crosbie knows, and magically combines that with the civilised urge to set it all down for others’ delectation. Mark Twain was that sort of writer. Ring Lardner was. Nelson Algren. It’s heartening to know Crosbie’s is not yet a dying art." —Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Product Details
ISBN: 9781843518150
ISBN-10: 1843518155
Publisher: The Lilliput Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2022
Pages: 188
Language: English