Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies by Stephen McGannStephen McGann will be well known to many for his acting roles over the years and most recently as Dr Turner in Call the Midwife. Stephen McGann has written about his McGann ancestors from the time when they left Ireland during the Potato Famine, following them through living in desperate poverty in Liverpool, living and fighting in the world wars, right through to his own life and career. I went to see Stephen McGann at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year as, having researched my own family, I was really interested in the sound of the book. My daughter also a Call the Midwife fan came too and this was one of her first book festival events. Stephen McGann was so enthusiastic about his subject and fascinating to listen to.
Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies
See other items More She wanted her testimony to be read. It became clear to me that she was reviving them, and rescuing her younger self! Blpod specifics Condition: New: A new, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages.Books by Stephen McGann. Like Liked by 1 person? This book was fascinating and moving. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
I just might have to get myself a copy of this one before I go to see him next month. From Irish emigrants fleeing the Irish potato famine to a relation who survived the Titanic, the stories were interesting and well told. Because my generation was the pampered one, the privileged o. Im Irish and grew up in Liverpool and was hoping to find a familiar world in this book?
'Intelligently structured and eloquently written, McGann’s book is a powerful homage to his family and Irish ancestry, to modern medicine and the welfare state. His family survived famine-ravaged Ireland in the s. Stephen McGann is Doctor Turner in the BBC hit-drama series Call.
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As not only a successful stage and screen actor himself but also the youngest of the well-known McGann brothers from Liverpool there is also a younger sister not "in the business" , Stephen McGann would be well-placed to write a showbiz autobiography, but he told audiences at this year's Edinburgh Book Festival that this didn't interest him. Instead, he has written a kind of autobiography that says a great deal more about its subject than the usual disposable kiss 'n' tell backstage backbiting and tittle tattle celebrity paperbacks by focusing on the writer's lifelong obsessions as much as the events in his life. From the age of 17, long before there was such thing as an online records search or online anything , he became interested in genealogy. In the book, he traces his own family back to Ireland at the time of the Potato Famine, then their escape to Liverpool many were trying to get to America via the English port , where they lived in appalling conditions and, though they were escaping death from starvation, were treated by the English as parasites and scroungers sound familiar? This is all well-researched and described in impressive detail, but this is more than a history book. It's the medical science that forms the structure of the book, as the subtitle suggests, with seven chapters each named after a particular malady, but each begins with a double-definition: one of the medical issue it immediately suggests; the other of a wider symbolic meaning. So the first chapter "Hunger" defines itself as both "a very great need for food, or a severe lack of it" and "a strong desire for something", and "Heart Problems" is as much about love and essence as it is about a malfunctioning organ.
Kathleen mary Complete information. But I never knew either of my grandmothers: one died when my mother was young, my father her only child,in a way that is much less common now with modern. I felt this book was ok but it was very slow to start with and not at all what I was expecting. I don't read non-fiction very often but thoroughly enjoyed this very well written and absorbing book.
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But for the grace of God, I am that child on that beach. It's an unusual but very effective structural device-and one which you could imagine him regretting sometimes during the writing as he was trying to fit what he wanted to say within it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Enthralling depiction of working class Liverpool.
Technical terms are explained fully, and this book ans a great insight into what was a tragic potato-famine in Ireland, deeply depressed - and undiagnosed. As someone who This book was recommended at the start of my public health studies in Liverpool. He was depressed. Our maladies are the scribes that write the restless and mutating genome of our self-identity.