Love from Cork: Postcards of the City and CountyHardback
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- Publisher: The Collins Press
- Format: Hardback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 180mm x 252mm x 20mm | 820g
- Publication date: 15 April 2014
- Publication City/Country: Cork
- ISBN 10: 1848891903
- ISBN 13: 9781848891906
- Illustrations note: Colour and b&w postcards
- Sales rank: 349,407
Postcards conveying people's messages and interests were the Twitter, Facebook and email in pre-internet Ireland. Millions were thrown away but not all. Based on private collections Love from Cork portrays the city and county of Cork through a century of Irish and European picture postcards (1900 - 2000). In addition to the postcards there are transcriptions of all the written details on the cards. Interspersed among these are extracts from the rich literary heritage of this part of southwest Ireland: William Trevor, Frank O'Connor, Elizabeth Bowen, Sean O'Faolain, Peter Somerville-Large, Mary Leland, and others. Also included are writers such as James Joyce - who set a significant episode of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in Cork city, Benedict Kiely, and Robert Lloyd Praeger. Even Queen Victoria features - a little excerpt from her private journal giving her first impressions of Cork's harbour and the 'Cove of Cork' - renamed 'Queenstown' in her honour. There has never been a book on the postcards of Cork, covering the city and county from Allihies to Youghal, from Clonakilty to Charleville and just about everywhere in between. This is a finely wrought homage to the author's native county, an absorbing collection inviting one to explore Ireland's largest county in a bygone era.
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Perry O'Donovan is an author, editor and blogger. A graduate of London's South Bank Polytechnic and the University of Edinburgh, he worked on the Darwin Correspondence Project at Cambridge University (1992 - 99), editing the letters of Charles Darwin. Santiago, Here I Come is his collection of essays on walking to Santiago de Compostela (2008). His work has appeared in The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Southern Star, and Sunday Independent. The Wordkern Archive on WordPress.com is Perry's blog.
'Beguiling collection - handsome.' The Irish Times 'A delight.' Picture Postcard Monthly 'A magnificently produced book - a marvellous work, as entertaining as it is scholarly.' Maurice Sweeney, Southern Star 'Absolutely lovely - a wonderful concept - one of the nicest books I've read in a long time.' Neil Prendeville on Cork's 96FM 'Pleasant layout.' Books Ireland 'Beautiful [and] insightful' Sunday Independent