Something of Myself – and Others

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  • “a series of bright vignettes that go to make up a wonderful kaleidoscope of a life. Mary Kenny . . . is searingly honest and always fair, making this a priceless volume.” —Alexander Lucie-Smith, the Tablet
  • “Honest, humorous and harrowing . . . . This is a clever book.” —Dermot Bolger, Irish Mail on Sunday
  • “Each episode is a delight to read . . . charming, engaging and not without acerbic comment from time to time.” —Mary O'Rourke, Irish Independent
  • “an honest acount of a life lived to the hilt” —Magnus Linklater, the Spectator
  • “Her account of her life as ‘the reluctant carer’ is touching, terrible and disconcertingly honest.” —Jeremy Lewis, the Oldie

Meet The Author

Mary Kenny is a leading journalist, author and broadcaster, who has written for more than twenty-five publications over four decades, including the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph. She has written a number of books, including a biography of William Joyce, ‘Lord Haw-Haw’, entitled Germany Calling, as well as a study of Ireland’s relationship with the British monarchy: Crown and Shamrock. She has also written a play about Michael Collins and Winston Churchill, Allegiance. She was married to the late writer Richard West, has two sons and two grand-daughters, and likes to think she lives between Ireland and England.

Something of Myself and Others is a fascinating collection of articles and reflections on the public and private life of Mary Kenny, one of Ireland’s best known journalists. Detailing memorable events in her life, as well as those she has witnessed in Ireland’s recent history, Mary Kenny recalls her experiences with humour and charm. In this collection of articles, some of which have appeared previously in a number of newspapers and magazines, Kenny reflects on the people she has known, the places she has been and the experiences that have shaped her. Something of Myself and Others is a wonderfully varied and entertaining read. Mary chronicles in detail, her adventures as a young ambitious journalist through to her current personal challenges with illness and loss. She recalls bringing down a Cabinet minister aboard the Queen Mary, introducing Irish president Michael D. Higgins to his wife, interviewing Grace of Monaco and Marlene Dietrich and being complimented by the Queen.

She talks with great heart about the absent friends who have influenced her, such as Terry Keane, June Levine and Maeve Binchy. She gives her account of the now infamous trip to Belfast aboard the contraception train, as well as some reflections on culture, religion and Irish society. Alongside stories of the famous faces she has encountered, Mary also writes candidly on the loss of her sister Ursula, and her experiences as primary carer for her husband, Richard, in his latter years.

Weight 0.356 kg