The Speckled People: A Memoir of a Half-Irish Childhood

Paperback | April 27, 2004

byHugo Hamilton

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"We wear Aran Sweaters and Lederhosen. We are forbidden from speaking English. We are trapped in a language war. We are the Speckled People." In one of the most original memoirs to emerge in years, Hugo Hamilton tells the haunting story of his German-Irish childhood in 1950s Dublin. His Gaelic-speaking, Irish nationalist father rules the home with tyranny, while his German-speaking mother rescues her children with cakes and stories of her own struggle against Nazi Germany. Out on the streets of Dublin is another country, where they are taunted as Nazis and subjected to a mock Nuremberg trial. Through the eyes of a child, this rare and shockingly honest book gradually makes sense of family, language, and identity, unlocking at last the secrets that his parents kept in the wardrobe.

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"We wear Aran Sweaters and Lederhosen. We are forbidden from speaking English. We are trapped in a language war. We are the Speckled People." In one of the most original memoirs to emerge in years, Hugo Hamilton tells the haunting story of his German-Irish childhood in 1950s Dublin. His Gaelic-speaking, Irish nationalist father rules t...

Hugo Hamilton is the author of five novels, a collection of short stories, and the New York Times Notable memoir The Speckled People. He has been awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, France’s Prix Femina Étranger, and Italy’s GiuseppeBerto Prize. He lives in Dublin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:April 27, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007156634

ISBN - 13:9780007156634

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“Hamilton’s style is an engaging mix of the salty and literary.”