The Laughter of Mothers


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'Thank you, O golden mother, / For giving me a life,' says Paul Durcan in this brilliant new collection, a poignant tribute to 'the first woman I ever knew'. Sheila MacBride came from a political family - her uncle John MacBride was executed in 1916 for his part in the Easter Uprising - but when Sheila married into the 'black, red-roaring, fighting Durcans of Mayo' she was obliged to give up a promising legal career. These poems commemorate his mother as Paul Durcan remembers her playing golf, reading Tolstoy, and ...

The Laughter of Mothers 2012, Harvill Secker, London

ISBN-13: 9781846557538

Revised edition


The Laughter of Mothers 2007, Harvill Press

ISBN-13: 9781846550232