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Book Title: Never No More|
The author of the book: Maura Laverty
ISBN 13: 9780860684848
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Reader ratings: 7.7
Edition: Virago Pr
Date of issue: July 10th 1992
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Another find from my favourite book haven and I can never resist a second hand virago modern classic. It portrays village life in Ireland in the 1920s; set in a village on the edge of the bog of Allen. It is a strongly autobiographical novel.
I had barely heard of Maura Laverty before this, but she wrote a number of novels, children’s books and some very popular cookery books. She was also involved in journalism and broadcasting in Ireland in the 1960s. Some of her novels fell foul of the Irish censor and were banned for a while for being a little too open about female sexuality.
The novel is the story of teenage Delia Scully, who after the death of her father, having an uneasy relationship with her mother, goes to live with her grandmother on her farm. The novel has great charm, can be rather sentimental, but is a sharp and amusing description of country life in 1920s Ireland. Laverty is a great storyteller and observer of human nature. The countryside and its characters really do come alive, life and death go hand in hand with religion and politics. The political struggles are referenced indirectly as they affect the lives of some of the characters. The Catholic Church is central although the religion of many of the villagers is a mixture of Catholic superstition and what is clearly earlier pagan folk tales, remedies and traditions.
The novel most comes alive with the descriptions of food and cookery and you can certainly tell that the author also wrote cookbooks. The whole book revolves around gran’s kitchen and her baking. The descriptions of the breads, hot griddle cakes, ash cakes, freshly picked and cooked mushrooms, fresh blackberries, cream (oceans of cream), pools of butter, potato apple cakes oozing with butter and sugar. As Maeve Binchy says in the introduction to the virago edition, her descriptions of food could cajole the dying to eat. The descriptions of how the pig was turned into such a variety of dishes (the slaughter of a pig was an annual event) is not for the squeamish.
The character of gran is a remarkable creation; providing physical and emotional sustenance to all those around her, even the travellers on the edge of society and those on the edge of village life for one reason or another. She is the local wise woman and that covers several meanings of that word.
I thoroughly enjoyed this; the writing really is three dimensional and the characters, descriptions of the countryside and especially the food just jump off the page. An inmate of the Arbour Hill Military Prison in Dublin wrote to Laverty to thank her for the book and to say how much he and the other prisoners had enjoyed it. That prisoner was Brendan Behan, no mean writer himself.
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Read information about the authorMaura Laverty (née Kelly; 1907 - 26 July 1966) was an Irish author, journalist and broadcaster known for her work on Irish soap opera Tolka Row. She published several novels, short stories and critical pieces throughout her career.
Born in Rathangan, County Kildare in Ireland, Laverty was educated at Brigidine Convent, Carlow, where she studied teacher-training. She later moved to Spain, taking up the position of governess and later secretary to Princess Bibesco and eventually becoming a foreign correspondent based within Madrid. Laverty returned to Ireland for the remainder of her career and worked as a journalist and broadcaster in Dublin for the national radio station, RTÉ.
Upon her return to Ireland she married the journalist James Laverty in 1928. They had three children, one of whom was the artist Barry Castle (see Barry and Philip Castle) who illustrated some of her mother's work (See below, the Queen of Aran's Daughter.).
Her first novel Never No More was published to widespread acclaim in 1942. It was based in County Kildare, drawing heavily on personal experiences during her time in Derrymore House. Laverty would follow this with such works as Touched by the Thorn (1943) and Alone We Embark (1943). Two of her books were banned in the Republic of Ireland, including her second, the semi-autobiographical No More than Human, which apparently offended the censor because of its frankness about the female body.
She is well known as the writer of RTÉ's Tolka Row, the station's first soap opera that ran between 1964–68, itself largely an adaptation of her play Liffey Lane. Laverty also wrote numerous children's stories including The Cottage in the Bog (1946) and The Green Orchard (1949).
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