Angela’s Ashes is one of the greatest memoirs of our age, as author Frank McCourt recounts a childhood of poverty and pain in Limerick, Ireland, during the 1930s and 40s. Since its release in 1996, readers have longed to know this world better, and it is with the publication of Through Irish Eyes: A Visual Companion to Angela McCourt’s Ireland, that they can see firsthand just how the other half lived.
Through a beautifully curated collection of archival photographs presented alongside detailed captions and literary quotes, Through Irish Eyes shows us a world that few who did not live it have ever known. Here we see the beautiful and rugged landscape of the countryside juxtaposed with the darkness of urban poverty in the city’s underside. We are shown a way of life that no longer exists, but is forever captured in these unsentimental images of the Irish way, its people and their struggles, and their small and hard-wrought joys. In the foreword by Malachy McCourt, author of the acclaimed memoir A Monk Swimming, we are given a rare glimpse into the warms hearts that beats in an often cruel and cold world.