Beguiling memoir looks back at a vanished Ireland

Beguiling memoir looks back at a vanished Ireland
Hilary Fannin: harnessing humour from the juxtaposition of the sacred and the profane Picture: Nicola Webster

Fannin harnesses great humour from the juxtaposition of the sacred and profane

When she was a child, the playwright and Irish Times columnist Hilary Fannin was known to her family as ‘Billy’. In this appealingly well written memoir, which opens in 1966, and follows Fannin from her first day at school in Dublin up until the age of 10, the author permits us access to young Billy’s point of view.

We see through Billy’s eyes as she engages with a world full of childhood delights – Marietta biscuits,...

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