Walled Gardens: Scenes from an Anglo-Irish Childhood

Front Cover
Eland Publishing Limited, 1994 - British - 276 pages
This is a journey both into a time and a place - the South of Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s. The author describes a childhood outside the main currents of the twentieth century; her parents still went fox hunting and horse racing and relied on readily available servants from a vast and inexpensive work-pool. At the same time they had no central heating, no television, and the roof leaked. Like many other Anglo-Irish families they attempted outlandish and impractical schemes to maintain deteriorating driveways and crumbling houses. This is an affectionate yet unsentimental memoir of a transitional generation, one born too late to benefit from the last years of the Ascendancy, but too early to integrate into the mainstream of contemporary Irish life.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Walled gardens: scenes from an Anglo-Irish childhood

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Davis-Goff offers an evocative memoir of a young Protestant girl growing up in the Irish Republic in the mid-20th century. Compared to the general Irish population, hers was a privileged childhood of ... Read full review


Water ford

2 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information