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Borstal Boy

Author : Brendan Behan
ISBN : 9781409065395
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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'I have him bitched, balloxed and bewildered, for there's a system and a science in taking the piss out of a screw and I'm a well-trained man at it.' So writes Brendan Behan, poet, writer and literary legend, of the episode that coloured his life. Arrested in Liverpool as an agitator for the IRA, he was tried and sent to reform school. He was sixteen years old. The world he entered was brutal and coldly indifferent. Conditions were primitive, and violence simmered just below the surface. Yet Brendan Behan found something more positive than hate in Borstal: friendship, solidarity and healing flashes of kindness. Extraordinarily vivid, fluent, and moving, this is a superb and unforgettable piece of writing. Borstal Boy was adapted into a film in 2000.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Borstal Boy

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ISBN : 0573606218
Genre : Juvenile jails
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The autobiography of Irish writer and poet Brendan Behan. It focuses on his life in reform school, following his arrest as an IRA activist.
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Borstal Boy

Author : Brendan Behan (dramaturge).)
ISBN : OCLC:491214912
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Educ Borstal Boys Ils 204

Author : Erica Stratta
ISBN : 9781136266164
Genre : Social Science
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First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Category: Social Science

Borstal Boy

Author : Gerald Byrne
ISBN : OCLC:316146865
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Borstal Boys

Author : David Clarke
ISBN : 9780953947386
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The story portrays a remarkable change that took place, in the life of David when he was 20 years old, on the night of the 16th January 1970. His brother Michael was left untouched. This story was originally published under the title Converted on LSD but this edition has been specially written for prison inmates. These brothers influenced each other during, the 50’s & 60’s, and resulted in both David and Michael serving time in prison. David was sent to Dover Borstal, and Michael Maidstone Prison, for charges of malicious wounding, and carrying a firearm without a license. The story speaks in detail, of all the significant events in David’s life, from being a child through to the time of his conversion to Christ, and then recounts the consequent difficulties that he experienced, as he tried to follow the way of Christ. This led David to make a confession to the Police about his 24 crimes, and the recovery of much stolen property. The story appeared as news headlines in the Bucks Herald on 11th February, 1971 and led to a remarkable conditional discharge. It was believed, by many of Aylesbury’s criminal world, that Dave had gone mad after taking LSD, or the story was an ingenious plan devise by David to prevent him from being sent to prison again, for crimes against society. This was not the case as the story will tell.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Borstal Boy 3

Author : Linda Pow
ISBN : 1796973726
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A Smashing TimeChapter 3The governor who everyone called "Peter the Poof" came over and I was marched into an office on the Ones and sentenced to 28 days on punishment for attempting to escape. "Fucking hell I'm going to die" I thought. After breakfast we double marched downstairs again out onto the yard and ran round until the block screw called "Go to blocks" indicating a vacant block for Miles and I. On the block was a big club hammer and as the other boys had already started to smash up rocks from the pile in between the blocks I began smashing them too. I looked over at Miles and he looked at me with an expression that said. "Look what you have got me into" and then went back to smashing rocks.HospitalChapter 9 In the morning I awoke and looked around the padded cell and discovered that indeed that every inch of it was padded, the walls, the floor the table, the chair and all the furniture was fixed into place and that there was a plastic chamber pot bowl and jug. There was no bell ringing so I got up had a piss that took me ages then got back into the warm comfortable bed and went back to sleep. I was awoken by my cell door being opened and boy brought a tray into my cell and placed it on the padded floor. "Breakfast" he said and the hospital screw shut the door.
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Homeless Borstal Boys

Author : Roger G. Hood
ISBN : STANFORD:36105033538534
Genre : Homeless boys
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Borstal Boy 4

Author : Linda Pow
ISBN : 1796977659
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"Under table everyone" Mum would shout my baby sisters and I would crawl under the big oak table that my mother had got as a wedding present. It was sturdy with big thick round legs but I knew the power of the German Block Busters because one had fell round the corner about a hundred and fifty yards away and flattened Kings Avenue for about five hundred yards demolishing five big mansions. Probable the Germans thought that the rich people who lived in the mansions were still there but surely Hitler would have known that. Soon as the first bombs fell on London the rich people stopped getting out their horses out of the stables and trotting up and down Kings Avenue dressed in all their finery. Now there was a row of deserted mansions everyone empty. We heard that all the toffs had gone abroad. There was a rumour that the trees leading up to Buckingham Palace had all been sawn down so that the Royal Family would fly out to Canada if the Germans invaded England?
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Irish Writing London Volume 2

Author : Tom Herron
ISBN : 9781441124289
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The presence of Irish writers is almost invisible in literary studies of London. The Irish Writing London redresses the critical deficit. A range of experts on particular Irish writers reflect on the diverse experiences and impact this immigrant group has had on the city. Such sustained attention to a location and concern of Irish writing, long passed over, opens up new terrain to not only reveal but create a history of Irish-London writing. Alongside discussions of MacNeice, Boland and McGahern, the autobiography of Brendan Behan and identity of Irish-language writers in London is considered. Written by an internal array of scholars, these new essays on key figures challenge the deep-seated stereotype of what constitutes the proper domain of Irish writing, producing a study that is both culturally and critically alert and a dynamic contribution to literary criticism of the city.
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Juvenile Injustice

Author : Yodon Thonden
ISBN : 1564322149
Genre : Law
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Use of deadly forces
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The Boy Who Talked To Dogs

Author : Martin McKenna
ISBN : 9781629148809
Genre : Pets
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When Martin McKenna was growing up in Garryowen, Ireland, in the 1970s, he felt the whole world knew him as just “that stupid boy.” Badly misunderstood by his family and teachers, Martin escaped from endless bullying by running away from home and eventually adopting—or being adopted by—six street dogs. Camping out in barns, escaping from farmers, and learning to fend for himself by caring for his new friends, Martin discovered a different kind of language, strict laws of behavior, and strange customs that defined the world of dogs. More importantly, his canine companions helped him understand the vital importance of family, courage, and self-respect—and that he wasn’t stupid after all. Their lessons helped Martin make a name for himself as the “Dog Man” in Australia, where he now lives and dispenses his hard-earned wisdom to dog owners who are sometimes baffled by what their four-legged friends are trying to tell them. An emotional and poignant story seasoned with plenty of Frank McCourt–style humor, The Boy Who Talked to Dogs is an inspiration to anyone who’s ever been told he or she won’t amount to anything. It’s also a unique, fascinating look into canine behavior. In these pages, Martin shows how modern life has conditioned dogs to act around humans, in some ways helpful, but in other ways unnatural to their true instincts, and how he has benefited enormously from learning to “talk dog.”
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Pit Of Shame

Author : Anthony Stokes
ISBN : 1904380212
Genre : History
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'I know not whether Laws be right, Or whether Laws be wrong; All that we know who lie in gaol Is that the wall is strong; And that each day is like a year, A year whose days are long.' Oscar Wilde (The Ballad of Reading Gaol) This unique work looks closely at the life and times of Reading Gaol prison during the period that Oscar Wilde was a prisoner there. The book also contains a number of new insights concerning Wilde's classic poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, and offers fresh information about Oscar Wilde. Written by senior prison officer Anthony Stokes, Pit of Shame is based on upwards of ten years research and familiarity with the very fabric of Reading Gaol. It also tells of notorious and famous prisoners such as Thomas Jennings, Amelia Dyer (the 'Reading Baby Farmer') and actor Stacey Keach; examines the many hangings that took place at Reading over the years, including that of Trooper Charles Thomas Wooldridge the 'C. T. W.' of Wilde's ballad; lists the chain of events that
Category: History

Pint Sized Ireland

Author : Evan McHugh
ISBN : 9781466852280
Genre : Travel
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One man's tour of Ireland on tap; a rollicking travelogue in the tradition of Round Ireland with a Fridge and McCarthy's Bar. "Regret" is the word that best describes Evan McHugh's first taste of Guinness. For an Australian raised on Vegemite, Ireland's black brew is very much an acquired taste. But the travel-writer is committed to acquiring it. Determined to discover exactly what makes a pint of Guinness so legendary, he crosses the Emerald Isle in search of his answers. But in sampling pints as he goes, McHugh soon realizes that in each town, and at every pub, someone always says that the best glass of Guinness is to be found . . . . somewhere else. In his comedic and sentimental journey, McHugh and his companion, Twidkiwodm (the-woman-he-didn't-know-he-would-one-day-marry), hitch around Ireland, meeting unforgettable characters. He goes rowing with a German bagpiper on the lakes of Killarney, windsurfing with a one-armed man in Dingle, survives an encounter with poteen and even finds his own bar . . . but keeps searching for the perfect pint. As entertaining as it is informative, Pint-Sized Ireland is both a hilarious travelogue and thoughtful diary. McHugh's comedic voice swiftly moves in and out of pubs, peering into froth-rimmed pints, and leading readers to question: So does he ever find the perfect pot of black gold? Those who have rested upon the barstools of Ireland, who have sought the famed "perfect pint of Guinness," realize that perfection rests in more than just the taste. McHugh captures the visceral experience of Guinness and Ireland in a warm memoir that's perfect to savor. International Praise for Pint-Sized Ireland "McHugh's idea of traveling is one continuous pub crawl . . . an entertaining homage to the black brew." ---The Age (Australia) "McHugh's writing style is intelligent, quirky, and conversational. The result is a consummately easy to read book, amusing and engaging. It'll make you want to go in search of your own perfect pint." ---Adventure Travel "This is a lovely book, well written, full of humorous anecdotes and works both as a travelogue and as a guide to drinking in Ireland. One of the real joys of this book is the way that the author captures the nuances and syntax of the way the people speak (‘"Rooit", said the pub-landlord, ‘in ye coom"'). After a few pages you find yourself falling into this yourself and by the time you finish the book you will have developed a full-blown Irish accent."---www.bootsnall.com
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Irish Childhoods

Author : Pádraic Whyte
ISBN : 9781443830959
Genre : Literary Criticism
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While much has been written about Irish culture’s apparent obsession with the past and with representing childhood, few critics have explored in detail the position of children’s fiction within such discourses. This book serves to redress these imbalances, illuminating both the manner in which children’s texts engage with complex cultural discourses in contemporary Ireland and the significant contribution that children’s novels and films can make to broader debates concerning Irish identity at the end of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first centuries. Through close analysis of specific books and films published or produced since 1990, Irish Childhoods offers an insight into contrasting approaches to the representation of Irish history and childhood in recent children’s fiction. Each chapter interrogates the unique manner in which an author or filmmaker engages with twentieth century Irish history from a contemporary perspective, and reveals that constructions of childhood in Irish children’s fiction are often used to explore aspects of Ireland’s past and present.
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A Kick Against The Pricks

Author : David Norris
ISBN : 9781448110612
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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David Norris is one of Ireland’s most popular, colourful and charismatic public figures. Not a man to shy away from controversy, he has spent most of his adult life challenging the establishment, whether as a leading campaigner for gay rights, a passionate conservationist, an unconventional academic and Joycean scholar, a brilliant raconteur, or, since 1987, a fiercely independent Senator and outspoken defender of human rights. Born in the Belgian Congo to an English father, who died when he was six years old, and an Irish mother, who died when he was twenty-one, David has been a Dubliner all his life, and the city of Ulysses remains one of his great passions. He spear-headed the revival of Georgian Dublin, particularly through his campaign to save North Great George’s Street, where he has lived for the last thirty-five years. But it is David Norris’s campaign to decriminalize homosexuality that will stand as his major legacy. Over a long sixteen years, he fought a difficult battle to overturn the Victorian law, finally winning a historic victory in the European Court of Human Rights in 1988. David’s decision to run for President of Ireland in 2011 was not lightly taken, but it proved to be the most bruising period of his life. His popularity and the public affection in which he is held saw him quickly established as the front-runner. However, a sustained and hostile media campaign forced him out of the race; although he re-entered it in the autumn, the momentum had been lost. In these pages, David Norris reveals for the first time the full, no-holds-barred story of his presidential campaign, and of how he recovered from the turmoil. A Kick Against the Pricks is a brilliant, deeply revealing autobiography, a remarkable journey from the margins to the centre of Irish society.
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Seasons Of Mists

Author : Vivienne Loranger
ISBN : 9781503501393
Genre : Fiction
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When Arthur Clegg, an ex POW on the Burma Railway, returned from the war, he was a changed man. His wife, whom he did not like, and his son he had never seen, was soon to bear the brunt of his deranged mind. When their second child’s life ended in tragedy, who was to blame? And how was their life to continue?
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Soldier Sailor Beggarman Thief

Author : Clive Emsley
ISBN : 9780199653713
Genre : History
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The first serious investigation of criminal offending by members of the British armed forces both during and immediately after the two world wars of the twentieth century.
Category: History