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  • Published: 15 November 1998
  • ISBN: 9781860465086
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $22.99
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I Could Read The Sky


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This is a lyrical novel in which the words wind their way through and alongside a sequence of black and white images. It tells the story of a man coming of age in the middle years of the twentieth century, who leaves Ireland for the promise of English wealth. Now, in the last hours of his life, he remembers the sea coasts and potato fields of the West of Ireland, and the factories and building sites of England where he worked. He is haunted by the faces of the family he left behind him, and by the land that is still within him. He remembers the country and the seascapes, the bars and the boxing booths, the music he played and the woman he loved. Timothy O'Grady's words and Steve Pyke's atmospheric images combine to reflect the story of the man's life and the process of memory itself.







  • Pub date: 15 November 1998
  • ISBN: 9781860465086
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Timothy O'Grady

Timothy O'Grady was born in the USA and has lived in Ireland, London and Spain. He is the author (with Kenneth Griffith) of Curious Journey: An Oral History of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution, and the novels Motherland, which won the David Higham award for the best first novel in 1989, and I Could Read the Sky, which won the Encore award for best second novel of 1997. His book On Golf was published by Yellow Jersey to superb reviews in 2003.

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