I thought of life's many bounties to have known the extremities of joy and sorrow love crossed love and unrequited love success and failure fame and slaughter to have read in the newspapers that as a writer I was past my sell-by date yet regardless to go on writing and reading to be lucky enough to live in these two intensities that have buttressed my whole life.
In this account of life in post-war literary Dublin Anthony Cronin writes of the frustrations and pathologies of this generation: the excess of drink; the shortage of sex; the insecurity and begrudgery; the limitations of cultural life in mid-century Ireland and the bittersweet pull of exile.
This biography of Molly Keane written by one of her two daughters provides an honest portrait of a fascinating complicated woman who was a brilliant writer and a portrait of the Anglo-Irish world of the first half of the 20th century.
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