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An Irish Navvy: The Diary of an Exile (dialann Deorai)

By Donall MacAmhlaigh


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Translated from Irish by Valentin Iremonger

This book is an extraordinarily vivid picture of an Irish navvy’s life in the England of the 1950s. Workless days, the hardships of work camps, lonesome partings after trips home, periods of intense isolation and occasional bitterness were all part of the picture. Originally published in Irish to wide acclaim, this translation was first published in 1964.

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  • Book Format: eBook
  • Published: 2012
  • ISBN: 9781848899667
This book is a must for anybody who can relate to, possibly re-live experiences, "building up and tearing England down
One of the most authentic voices of the Irish in Britain
[Donall MacAmhlaigh's] experience mirrored that of an entire generation of Irish people who left these shores because they could not find a life at home. This book is their voice, brilliantly raised
An Irish Navvy Donall MacAmhlaigh

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