The Bend for Home

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One day, years after he's moved away from his childhood home in rural Ireland, Dermot Healy returns to care for his ailing mother. Out of the blue she hands him the forgotten diary he had kept as a fifteen-year-old. He is amazed to find the makings of the writer he has become, as well as taken aback at the changes his memory has wrought.

The silhouettes who have haunted his past come back to inhabit his pages: his father, a kind policeman who plays cards and drinks stout with his cronies; his mother, whose stories young Dermot has heard so often that he believes they are his own; or Aunt Maisie, whose early disappointment in love has left her both dreamy and cynical.

Funny, direct and moving, The Bend For Home is a family portrait like no other, and a hugely engaging account of a childhood in small-town Ireland.

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Dermot Healy's extraordinary memoir of growing up in rural Ireland.

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A funny, direct, lively and moving account of growing up in a small-town Ireland. Healy lovingly coaxes his childhood into being until, one day, his elderly mother hands him the coded diary he kept as a teenage tearaway and the uncut past bursts in like a blast of raw air.

"I found myself moved to tears by its devastating honesty, quiet lyricism and profound humanity. It's a terrific book." Arminta Wallace, Irish Times

"It hops and jumps through childhood and adolescence to the deaths of his father and mother, mixing the surreal with solid concrete, weaving humourwith a sustained sense of loss...Each page spills over with wonder." Aisling Foster, Independent on Sunday

"The writing is superb, intensely idiomatic without being obscure...the book leaves one with a sense of exhilaration." Catriona Crowe, London Review of Books

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