In Search of Ireland, Paperback
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Shortly after the declaration of the Irish Free State, H V Morton goes IN SEARCH OF IRELAND by motor-car and finds, amongst other things, a Norman village in Galway, lobster fishers, a shy girl in need of an apron in Connemara and a great many beds in which Michael Collins is said to have slept.

Full of local stories and way-side conversations, Morton's witty and enticing travelogue recalls a way of life not quite disappeared even at the beginning of a new century. Originally published in the 1920s, anecdotal, leisurely, full of character and event, insight and information, this is travel writing of the very highest order.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 292 pages, illustrations, map, index
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780413548504



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Evocative travel writing from a master. Starting in Dublin, Morton makes a roughly circular trip through Ireland. While Morton's writing and erudition charm the reader, the real fasination is Ireland as a new country. This was written shortly after independence and while Ireland had just become a Free State. Most of the country described here is now unrecognizable and Morton's books on Italy, particularly A Traveller in Italy, are better, but even a slight and dated Morton is better than a lot of contemporary travel writing.