P.S. look out for snakes

P.S. look out for snakes : The love letters of Brian Farrell and Marie-Therese Dillon (1954-1955)

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Brian Farrell (1929-2014) was one of the most respected broadcasters of his generation, as well as a distinguished academic. He covered current affairs on RTÉ for over four decades, including general elections and state funerals. His daytime job was as lecturer and then professor in the Department of Politics at UCD. One of the pioneers of Irish political science, his numerous books and articles made a significant contribution to the advancement of the discipline. And many will agree that the secret to his success was his wife, Marie-Thérèse, and the happy home life they built together with their seven children.

In late July 1954, Brian travelled to Harvard to complete his Masters degree. In the nearly eight months that they were separated, Brian and Marie-Thérèse wrote to each other on a daily basis. Brian shared all his new experiences with Marie-Thérèse and she kept him updated on what was going on at home. Ireland in the 1950s had nothing to offer young people and America had everything. Their correspondence not only provides a personal insight into a unique Irish couple at the beginning of their life together but is also a real-time commentary on social and political life in both Ireland and America in the mid-1950s.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 228 x 152 x 15.24mm | 385.55g
  • Ireland
  • English
  • 12; 12
  • 1838345426
  • 9781838345426
  • 602,087

Review quote

This is a warm, charming and very readable book which captures the mood of the 1950s and allows us look into a love that was deep and enduring.

- Maurice Manning,

Chancellor of the National University of Ireland

These letters from the earliest days of their courtship are so wonderful to have and to read. It is a beautiful memoir and tribute to them both. I know Brian would be so pleased and proud.

- Miriam O'Callaghan,

Current Affairs presenter with RTE
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