Evelyn : A True Story

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Desmond Doyle, 29 a painter and decorator, is married with six children and living in the infamous Fatima Mansions in Dublin in 1953. One day he comes home to find his wife has left him. He decides to go to England to find work and is advised to put his children into the state Industrial Schools system for a short time until he returns. When he returns he is told to his horror that the children have been consigned to the state until they are 16. This is the story of how Desmond Doyle fought the Irish legal system to change the law and win back his family. Told through the eyes of Evelyn, Desmond's 9 year old eldest daughter, this is a heartrending true story beautifully told.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 138 x 198 x 26mm | 358.34g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752853651
  • 9780752853659

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AUTHOR TOUR: Evelyn Doyle spent 2 days in Dublin and 3 days in London publicising her memoir. Evelyn entered the Sunday Times Bestseller list at number 10 (25/8/02) and the Irish Bestseller list at number 5, rising to number 2. SERIAL:YOU magazine, Mail on Sunday - 4 August PRESS:Daily Record - feature interview 14 AugustThe Mirror - interview 14 AugustSunday Mirror - interview 18 AugustThe Scotsman - interview 15 August TVBBC Breakfast News - live 8 minuteinterview at 8.45am on 14 AugustCh 5 Open House with Gloria Hunniford - an interview will be scheduled in September when they are back on air RADIO:BBC Radio 4 WOMAN'S HOUR - live 10 minute interview on 16 AugustBBC Radio 5 Live NICKY CAMPBELL SHOW - live interview about the book, plus Evelyn chatted aboutthe news and was on air for 1 hour on 15 AugustBBC Radio Scotland GARY ROBERTSON SHOW - 14 AugustBBC Radio Scotland JANICE FORSYTH SHOW - interviewBBC Radio Leeds - 15 AugustBBC Radio Worcester - 14 AugustBBC Radio Northampton - 14/15 August IRISH PUBLICITY:RTE Radio 1 Brenda Power Show - interview 13 AugustNewstalk 106 - interview 13 AugustThe Star - interviewIrish Times - interview 17 AugustIrish Examiner - interviewEvening Herald - interview 2 SeptemberSunday Independent - interviewSunday Tribune- interviewUTV The Kelly Show - int
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About Evelyn Doyle

Evelyn Doyle now lives in Scotland with her partner of 14 years Michael. She trained as a psychiatric nurse, then became a police officer and later moved on to running her own patisserie company. She has one, Benjamin, and grandson, Joshua. Molly McCloskey, who collaborated with Evelyn, was born in 1964 in Philadelphia. She published her first collection of short stories, Soloman's Seal, in 1977. Her new collection, The Beautiful Changes, was published by the Lilliput Press in February 2002. She now lives in Ocean City, Co. Sligo.
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294 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 23% (68)
4 38% (111)
3 30% (87)
2 9% (26)
1 1% (2)
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