The Invention of Memory: An Irish family scrapbook 1560-1934

The Invention of Memory: An Irish family scrapbook 1560-1934


From the arriving of his first ancestor in Dublin in 1560, Simon Loftus strains the interesting tale of his family’s history in eire - piecing jointly fragments of legend and biography that span over 350 years of Irish history.

The history is the colonial conquest of eire and the conflict of spiritual and nationwide identification, however the concentration is shut handy, familial. The passions and eccentricities, the day-by-day issues and relationships, the wealthy dramas and anecdotes of people during this Ascendancy relations - over 8 generations - mix to shape a charming memoir of transferring viewpoints and entertainingly inconsistent bills of a shared past.

The Invention of Memory is a profound relatives portrait and a sweeping historical past that examines the character of recollection and the way our thoughts are formed by way of adventure and time.

‘Spell-binding, packed with treasures and infrequently super moving.’ - Selina Hastings

‘A sequence of superbly rendered evocations of panorama, humans, attitudes, trademarks and occasions. It treats the sweep of a depression historical past with the maximum poise and discernment.’ - Irish Times

‘A amazing day trip via background, illuminating extra recognized occasions of Anglo-Irish heritage during the scrumptious, inconsequential info of Simon Loftus's family.’ - Matthew Fort

‘A powerfully evocative mix of biography and legend, peppered with heart-warming and heart-wrenching anecdotes.’ - Financial Times

‘Apart from the sheer delight in Loftus’s exhumations, his options at the a number of makes use of of ‘the reminiscence of a prior that by no means used to be’ should be pondered.’ - Times Literary Supplement

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