A Runner Among Falling Leaves

A Story of Childhood

Ciaran O’Driscoll

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ISBN: 9780853239475

Publication: November 1, 2001

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In this memoir of his childhood, O’Driscoll eloquently examines his troubled relationship with his father, whose bullying and mental abuse have affected him profoundly throughout his life. The task the author has undertaken is to give voice to the voiceless: to express the unnerving pent-up emotions he was unable to express as a child. In A Runner among Falling Leaves, O’Driscoll has written a book that is lyrical, affecting, and at times darkly comical.

1. Defining Moments 2. Mother and child schemers 3. The great sliced pan in the sky 4. The sea-area forecast 5. Wave therapy 6. Otherworldly eyes 7. Words and music 8. The toughening 9. Rites and teens 10. One sweet note

At a time when we are in danger of losing ourselves in the forever "new" Ireland of today, this brave, honest book should not be missed.
Gerald Dawe   Irish Times

.. at the heart of the book is a deeply affecting, traumatic relationship between father and son. His writing is terrifying and like no other memoir I have read.
Thomas Kilroy  

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

192 Pages

ISBN: 9780853239475

Publication: November 1, 2001

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