Title: Vanishing Ireland
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
Book Condition: New
2006. Hardcover. Num Pages: 192 pages, James Fennell. BIC Classification: 1DBR; 3JJ; AJC; HBTB; HBTD. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 288 x 242 x 21. Weight in Grams: 1158. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780340922774
Synopsis: Short-listed for the Eason's Irish Published Book of the Year Award 2007, Vanishing Ireland is a unique collection of portrait interviews looking at the dying ways and traditions of Irish life and taking us back to an Ireland virtually unrecognisable today. Illustrated with over a hundred evocative and stunning photographs, we meet the people and customs that shaped the cultural identity of the Irish nation. Through their own words and memories, sixty-four men and women transport us back to a time when people lived off the land and the sea, when music and storytelling were essential parts of life, when a person was defined by their trade. Divided into five parts -- Children of the Field, Children of the Music, Children of the Horse, Children of the Trade and Children of the Water -- Vanishing Ireland brings together the stories of those who lived through Ireland's formative years. We hear of children harassed by the Black and Tans, of ceilis in kitchens, and the rigours of working in the fields, of the wonder of electricity and the devastation of emigration. From coalminers to saddlers, farmers to fishermen, along with horse dealers, publicans, housemaids and musicians -- these remarkably poignant interviews and photographs, in their simplicity and honesty, will make you laugh and cry but, above all, will provide a valuable chronicle that connects twenty-first century Ireland to a rapidly disappearing world.
About the Author: After graduating from Trinity College in 1996, Turtle Bunbury (turtlebunbury.com) spent three years in Hong Kong with the South China Morning Post. He is the author of eight books, including the award-nominated 'Vanishing Ireland' series and 'Sporting Legends of Ireland'. His work on Sri Lanka earned him the award for Ireland's Longhaul Travel Journalist of the Year in 2006. Based in county Kildare, James Fennell is one of Ireland's leading photographers, perhaps best known for 'Living in Sri Lanka', 'Irish Furniture' and 'The Irish Country House'. Both Turtle and James have travelled extensively and they are regular contributors to Vogue Living, The Australian and The Irish Times amongst others.
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