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This is an auction for THE GREAT SHAME: A STORY OF THE IRISH IN THE OLD WORLD AND THE NEW, by Thomas Keneally.

This is a *** SIGNED *** copy of the book.

"Thomas Keneally has produced a lively, narrative history. His subject is the plight of the Irish from the 19th century into the early 20th, and the experience of the Irish diaspora in the far corners of the world. In the 19th century, while Europe saw the emergence of a number of independent states, Ireland remained under the thumb of the British crown. By the end of the century, famine and emigration had reduced its population to little more than half of the 1841 total. Keneally enters this history by looking at his Australian homeland and tracing the history of his own family's Irish ancestry. Beginning with a poor farmer who was "transported" from Ireland in the 1830s for a show of discontent toward his landlord, Keneally quickly sets the sociopolitical stage. Book I of The Great Shame follows the experience of Larkin as a convict who ultimately earned his freedom and the opportunity to build a new life in a new land. Keneally simultaneously chronicles the rise and fall of Young Ireland, a group of elite, younger Irish statesmen who pushed for a more aggressive approach to independence than did Daniel O'Connell, who led the fight for Catholic Emancipation in Great Britain and Ireland. Keneally suggests several reasons for the "shame" of the title: failure, survival, injustice. THE GREAT SHAME is a triumph, an invigorating, sprawling history of a people who flourished, as Irish, outside Ireland."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 1998.

732 pages.

Photographs throughout.

New condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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