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    Description"The Yew Tree at the Head of the Strand" is an affectionate and humorous memoir of growing up in Newry - 'predominantly Catholic and sometimes fiercely Nationalist' - in the 1940s and 50s. From the lively atmosphere of his father's pub to the broadening of horizons at The Queen's University Belfast, Brian Cosgrove evokes a childhood and adolescence enlivened by comics, story books and films, seaside summer holidays in Warrenpoint with his brothers and sisters, and visits to his Uncle Johnny's farm at Lislea. Along the way he reflects on the culture that he grew up in, where every aspect of life - education, sport, politics, and sex - was experienced under the pervasive influence of a Catholic/Nationalist ethos. Central to the story are the figures of his father, a hard working and deeply thoughtful family man, and especially his mother - an 'ordinary/extraordinary' woman. Brian Cosgrove writes poignantly about his mother's serious illness and death from cancer when he was nineteen, and of its impact on himself and his father; and he reflects on the process of grieving and its effects. Lighthearted and serious in turn - perceptive and full of insight into the social and political issues of twentieth century Irish history - this book is a vivid picture of growing up in Northern Ireland.

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    The Yew Tree at the Head of the Strand
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Brian Cosgrove
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9780853237372
    ISBN 10: 0853237379

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    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
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    B&T General Subject: 431
    Abridged Dewey: 941
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS018000
    LC classification: DA
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC21: 941.6580822092
    DC22: 941.65808209
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    Liverpool University Press
    Imprint name
    Liverpool University Press
    Publication date
    15 February 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Brian Cosgrove is professor of English at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
    Review quote
    In this elegant narrative of an ordinary growing-up, the extraordinary makes itself felt by the ease with which the story shifts from the everyday to major issues in literature and theology and philosophy, all mediated through a self-mocking wit at once doleful and affectionate. ...This is yet another wonderful Irish bildungsroman. Bernard O'Donoghue
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements 1. A Public House 2. Mother 3. Church 4. Imaginary Worlds 5. Summers in Warrenpoint 6. Lislea 7. School 8. Sport, Politics and the 'Other Side' 9. Queen's University 10. The Circle Broken Epilogue Index