London Irish Fictions
Narrative, Diaspora and Identity
Tony Murray is Director of the Irish Studies Centre at London Metropolitan University.
Acknowledgements 1: Introduction 2: The Irish in London Part I: The Mail-Boat Generation Introduction 3: Navvy Narratives 4: Escape and its Discontents 5: Ersatz Exiles 6: Departures and Returns Part II: The Ryanair Generation Introduction 7: Gendered Entanglements 8: Ex-Pat Pastiche 9: Transit and Transgression Part III: The Second Generation Introduction 10: Irish Cockney Rebels 11: Elastic Paddies 12: Conclusion Author Biographies Bibliography Index
Murray’s book makes its own powerful contribution in a study of Irish literary relationships with London that breaks new and important ground by furthering conversations about the keen significance of migration to Irish literary culture. London Irish Fictions is an elegantly written, compelling, and generous book that makes an invaluable contribution to understanding Irish and diasporic literary culture in the twenty-first century.
Irish Studies Review
This excellent new study ... London Irish Fictions is both a pioneering and imperative study.
[Murray] locates a compelling point of synthesis between the work of Avtar Brah on “diaspora space” and that of Paul Ricoeur on “narrative identity” which allows him to account for a multitude of ways of defining, describing and explaining the experience of being both Irish and an inhabitant of London.
The volume is impressive in its discussion of the variety of experiences and viewpoints that these texts display.
Absorbing and necessary.
Whitney Standlee The Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies, Number 14
London Irish Fictions is the first book that looks at literature of the Irish in London, and makes a valuable contribution to Irish diaspora studies more generally. Murray’s analysis of the role of narrative in shaping diasporic identities is masterly, and sheds new light on representations of exile, escape and belonging in the diasporic experience. A highly enjoyable and recommended read.
Louise Sheridan Estudios Irlandeses, Issue 8
A landmark study of that most essential aspect of being Irish, the experience of it outside of Ireland itself. [...] A most handsome book, with a wonderful cover, both inside and outside Irish Studies, for the student or curious poet, this is clearly a foundation text. Hats off.
A new book, London Irish Fictions: Narrative, Diaspora and Identity, by Tony Murray, presents a fascinating story of the Irish immigrants, many of whom dug the roads, worked in the National Health Service or engaged in the arts.
Camden New Journal
A rich, sympathetic and nuanced exploration of that strange blend of exile and escape, of suffering and play-acting, which characterises the Irish migrant experience in London [...] a valuable, unprecedented and necessary book.
Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies, Notre Dame University
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: October 4, 2012