A Doyle Reader: Writings from Home and Away by Marjorie Doyle

A Doyle Reader: Writings from Home and Away

byMarjorie DoyleIntroduction byShelagh Rogers

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A Doyle Reader is a lively collection of personal memories and commentaries from well-known Newfoundland writer and broadcaster Marjorie Doyle.

Musings on growing up in St. John's and pointed commentary on Newfoundland's Confederation with Canada. Writings on the province's culture, heritage, and music. A travelogue of an English teacher abroad. Connecting them all is Doyle's distinctive voice: patriotic, passionate, and relentlessly funny.

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Marjorie Doyle's award-winning work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, St. John's Telegram, National Post, and many other newspapers, journals, and literary magazines. Her voice has been frequently heard on CBC-Radio, as commentator, guest, and long-time host of That Time of the Night. She lives in her native St. John's.Marjorie Doyle...
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Title:A Doyle Reader: Writings from Home and AwayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 7.5 × 5.5 × 0.45 inPublished:April 14, 2013Publisher:Boulder PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927099153

ISBN - 13:9781927099155

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Doyle presents herself as two distinct personalities — one a shy, dumpy, pious little rich girl, and the other a sly, wicked trickster, capable of convincing gullible mainlanders that every Newfoundland child born after Confederation had to have the moniker Joseph in his or her name to honour J.R. Smallwood.We’ve become so used to seeing Mary Walsh and Cathy Jones on television that we forget women can be feisty and funny without having their face on a screen, but Doyle is both of those things. I particularly like her “Jacked-Up History of Newfoundland,” which can take its place with Sheilagh Fielding’s history any day.Like most good comics, Doyle is sometimes at her best when she is at her most serious. Her account of a painful visit to an old age home to sing Christmas carols has stayed with me since I first read it in her previous book a decade ago, but it still bites. Her rather touching memoir of working for Joe Smallwood almost makes me stop hating him. - Review by Robin McGrath, The Telegram (June 15, 2013)