Spartans of the Corrib : And Other Stories
Described as "the heir to the Irish master story teller Frank O'Connor," Jake Arden draws on his unconventional childhood to create a quartet of stories charting the trials and tribulations of Joe Hill. We are taken on a rocky but poignantly funny journey from bohemian family chaos on an island in Lough Corrib in the 1960s, to Dublin in the 1970's, Galway in the 1980s and a marriage drowned in a Walthamstow pond in the 90s. Two ghost stories and some droll observations about London life in verse complete the collection.
- Paperback | 88 pages
- 152 x 229 x 5mm | 132g
- 02 Mar 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About MR Jake Arden
Jake Arden was born in Galway, Ireland. His playwright parents, John Arden and Margaretta D'Arcy, followed an unconventional lifestyle. Much of Jake's childhood was spent on a small island in Lough Corrib without running water, electricity or telephone. An overland trip to India by Land Rover in 1969 (with his mother driving) led to the whole family being gaoled in Assam for being Maoist spies. The consequences of his parents' political activism in the 1970s and 80s included the local branch of the Official IRA ordering Margaretta's assassination, her imprisonment in Armagh jail for taking non-violent direct action in support of the Republican hunger strikers and a costly libel action over one of their plays which lost them the island. Jake now lives quietly in Walthamstow with his wife Cathy.