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Woodbrook

Author: David Thomson  

Woodbrook is a rare house that gives its name to a small, rural area in Ireland, not far from the old port of Sligo.In 1932 David Thomson, aged eighteen, went there as a tutor.

Woodbrook is a rare house that gives its name to a small, rural area in Ireland, not far from the old port of Sligo. He stayed for ten years.

This memoir, acknowledged as a masterpiece, grew out of two great loves - for Woodbrook and for Phoebe, his pupil.

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Woodbrook is a rare house that gives its name to a small, rural area in Ireland, not far from the old port of Sligo.In 1932 David Thomson, aged eighteen, went there as a tutor.

Woodbrook is a rare house that gives its name to a small, rural area in Ireland, not far from the old port of Sligo. He stayed for ten years.

This memoir, acknowledged as a masterpiece, grew out of two great loves - for Woodbrook and for Phoebe, his pupil.

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This memoir, acknowledged as a masterpiece, grew out of two great loves - for Woodbrook and for Phoebe, his pupil. In it he builds up a delicate, lyrical picture of a gentle pre-war society, of Irish history and troubled Anglo-Irish relations, and of a delightful family. Above all, his story reverberates with the enchantment of falling in love and with the desolation of bereavement.

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Critic Reviews

“A brilliantly original mix of love-story, memoir and history”

"" -- Brian Moore "It remains with one long after the story is told, a haunting sadness, a memory and a dream" -- Olivia Manning Spectator

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About the Author

David Thomson was born in India in 1914 to Scottish parents, but grew up in Scotland and Derbyshire. After the period described in Woodbrook he developed a career in writing and at the BBC. He died in 1988.

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Product Details

Publisher
Vintage Publishing | Vintage
Published
17th February 1994
Pages
336
ISBN
9780099359913
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