In Search of Islands: A Life of Conor O'Brien

In Search of Islands: A Life of Conor O'Brien

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Author: Judith Hill

Brand: Collins Press

Edition: Illustrated


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Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 200

Release Date: 20-02-2009

Details: Product Description Conor O Brien made history in 1925 having sailed around the world in his small yacht, Saoirse. Others had circumnavigated the world in small boats, but Conor was first to sail the clipper route and brave the screaming fifties despite difficulties with crew, desertion, robbery and hardship, no radio or electronic devices. After Joshua Slocum s epic voyage of the 1880s, it was the most noted sea journey of the time, not repeated until 1969. His book about the voyage, Across Three Oceans, was a bestseller. But O Brien wasn t only a sailor. In 1913 he climbed Mount Brandon with Mallory and Young, and often climbed with them, Robert Graves and others. In pre-War Dublin he helped found the Arts Club and joined the Irish Volunteers. In 1914 he shipped guns to Ireland in his first boat, Kelpie, with Erskine Childers, yet served in the Royal Naval Reserve during WW1. He worked for the fisheries in newly-independent Ireland, sought election to the Senate, and sailed the Irish coast in Kelpie and Saoirse. After marriage to the painter, Kitty Clausen, in 1927, he spent time sailing around the Mediterranean. His family lived in Limerick where he spent much of his later life on Foynes Island in the Shannon Estuary. He died in 1952. Using the photographic archive of Gary MacMahon, and O Brien s drawings, writings and letters, this biography records O Brien s eventful life as sailor and mountaineer, fiction and travel writer, designer of boats ands buildings, Irish nationalist and defender of Britain, and celebrated sailor. Review 'A uniquely intriguing book' Irish Independent 'The strength of the images in the book are a major plus' Irish Examiner About the Author Judith Hill is the author of two books of architectural and art history, The Buildings of Limerick(1991), and Irish Public Sculpture: A History(1998), and the biography of Lady Gregory, Lady Gregory An Irish Life (2005). A contributor to the Irish Arts Review, The Irish Times and Times Literary Supplement, she has featured on RTÉ television and radio.

EAN: 9781905172658

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

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