The Falling Angels

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9780002570602: The Falling Angels

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‘A book to be relished’
WILLIAM TREVOR

‘The reader should be warned that this is a book that makes you laugh out loud in public. A magnificent entertainment’
Bernard O’Donoghue, Independent

‘The Falling Angels is a work of autobiography dominated by a single theme – the author’s love-hate relationship with his Irish-Catholic heritage. John Walsh’s father was a doctor from Galway and his mother was a nurse from Sligo. They came to England to find employment, met on a pilgrimage to Rome, married, and settled in the scruffy Battersea end of Clapham, where Walsh and his sister Madelyn were brought up... Anyone with even the slightest interest in or connection with Ireland will have a grand time with this book’
DAVID LODGE, SUNDAY TIMES

‘A beautifully written book, a family memoir which is moving, honest and funny by turns... the description of the terrible evening in which Walsh insists that his father, mother and a visiting priest and nun watch a film about Ireland – only to find that it contains an explicit and embarrassing sex scene – made me cry with laughter... Anyone who has visited Ireland, or grew up there will feel serial tremors of recognition at the details he describes’
JENNY MCCARTNEY, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

‘A warm, seamlessly well-written memoir... the prose is fluent, its craftsmanship meticulous. The dialogue is dead-on: the hungry father could “eat a reverend mother’s arse through a cane chair...” Walsh’s affection for his subject matter is infectious’
LIONEL SHRIVER, GUARDIAN

‘In an age of unreliable fake-Irish memoirs, John Walsh’s The Falling Angels convincingly and hilariously anatomises the uncertain identities of the émigré Irish middle class...’
ROY FOSTER, NEW STATESMAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR

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‘The reader should be warned that this is a book that makes you laugh out loud in public. A magnificent entertainment’ BERNARD O’DONOGHUE, INDEPENDENT

‘The Falling Angels is a work of autobiography dominated by a single theme – the author’s love-hate relationship with his Irish-Catholic heritage. John Walsh’s father was a doctor from Galway and his mother was a nurse from Sligo. They came to England to find employment, met on a pilgrimage to Rome, married, and settled in the scruffy Battersea end of Clapham, where Walsh and his sister Madelyn were brought up... Anyone with even the slightest interest in or connection with Ireland will have a grand time with this book’ DAVID LODGE, SUNDAY TIMES

‘A beautifully written book, a family memoir which is moving, honest and funny by turns... the description of the terrible evening in which Walsh insists that his father, mother and a visiting priest and nun watch a film about Ireland – only to find that it contains an explicit and embarrassing sex scene – made me cry with laughter... Anyone who has visited Ireland, or grew up there will feel serial tremors of recognition at the details he describes’ JENNY MCCARTNEY, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

‘A warm, seamlessly well-written memoir... the prose is fluent, its craftsmanship meticulous. The dialogue is dead-on: the hungry father could "eat a reverend mother’s arse through a cane chair"... Walsh’s affection for his subject matter is infectious’ LIONEL SHRIVER, GUARDIAN

‘In an age of unreliable fake-Irish memoirs, John Walsh’s The Falling Angels convincingly and hilariously anatomises the uncertain identities of the émigré Irish middle class...’ ROY FOSTER, NEW STATESMAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR

‘Walsh... writes beautifully and wittily. He has a gift for both conveying meaning with carefully observed detail and an encyclopaedic knowledge of our literary canon which he shares illuminatingly and without condescension... This is a wonderful book that rings more bells than the chiming of the Angelus across Ireland. Part autobiography, part travelogue, part history and sociology, it is always enthralling and I can’t recommend it highly enough’ PETER STANFORD, CATHOLIC HERALD

‘Into his memoir of growing up culturally ambivalent in South London, John Walsh manages to incorporate a kind of extended elegy for his parents, an evocation of the heady Connemara coast and a wry appraisal of Irish exorbitance. The Falling Angels is a high-spirited, often funny and extremely engaging exercise in autobiography’ PATRICIA CRAIG, MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘A fascinating account of growing up in Battersea and being caught between two cultures... Stylish, funny, touching, honest – it’s a memoir in which the characters populate every inch with stories’ BRIAN CASE, TIME OUT

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