The Yew Tree at the Head of the Strand
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
The world Cosgrove meticulously recreates is one of carefree adolescent adventure, of comic books, boys' adventure stories, and popular films. But—as he sees more clearly looking back—every aspect of the life Cosgrove describes is permeated by the influence of a Catholic—and frequently Irish Nationalist—ethos, and as he explores his childhood, the social and political issues of twentieth-century Irish history reveal themselves in unexpected ways.
Lighthearted and serious in turn, The Yew Tree at the Head of the Strand brings to poignant life a world made beautiful and fascinating not by the false light of nostalgia, but through the sharply rendered details of everyday existence.