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'Against The Wind': Irish-Aussie Memoir Explores '50s-'60s 'Dark Old Days' 

Recollections of the 1950s and 60s, largely in and around Dublin, the famed capital of the Irish republic, form the basis of the historically insightful and highly entertaining memoir Against the Wind by Irish-Australian writer James (Seamus) O'Brien.

The times were financially tough and morally prude, with dissenters both North and South of the border few and far between. Intellectualism was suspect and liberalism was often equated with communism. 

Capturing the cadences and frequent humor of Irish speech, set amidst widespread, often heart-breaking, hardship and superbly illustrated with archival documents, including his own union cards – this is a wonderful grab-bag of recollections.

"Against The Wind" provides many insights into ordinary Irish life at a time when the republic itself was battling to survive, its Northern cousin was increasingly rocked by violence, and the wider post-war world was emerging from colonialism.

O'Brien weaves together the many threads of history and his own life to produce an informed tale that will interest many readers well beyond the world's enormous Irish Diaspora.

Available direct from the publisher, from Amazon.com and other outlets in paperback (US$14.40) or Kindle download (US$9.99).

You'll find reviews and other comments at www.beingbookish.com

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The Diary of an Emigrant and Dissenter

Posted on November 30, 2014 at 1:00am 0 Comments

Book Review

"Against the Wind", by J.A. O'Brien

 Reviewer: Michael Halpenny


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At 8:03am on April 2, 2014,
Fran Reddy

Welcome to the Wild Geese family! Nice to have you here with us :)


At 12:30pm on April 8, 2014,
Fran Reddy

Welcome to our community ATW :)

At 9:02pm on May 10, 2014, Gerry Regan said…

Just noticed this great review on Amazon.com:

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5.0 out of 5 stars A right crack of a tale January 7, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Jame's O'Brien's book is a glorious overview of a lost era (thankfully?) from Irish life. Told with good humour and candour, so it seems, this was a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading, not at all like the mountain of other Irish memoirs over the last twenty years or so.

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