Some Irish Yesterdays, by E. OE Somerville and Martin Ross.

Some Irish Yesterdays, by E. OE Somerville and Martin Ross.


Some Irish Yesterdays, first published in 1906, contains thirteen portraits of life in Ireland, based on the experiences of cousins Edith Somerville from Cork and Galway-born Violet Martin.

From 1889 until Martin’s death in 1915, Somerville and Martin (‘Ross’) wrote a series of novels in collaboration, including three that were televised in the 1980s as ‘The Irish RM’.

Violet and Edith were part of the Protestant Anglo-Irish Ascendancy and some of the stories in Some Irish Yesterdays reflect this; there is one describing ‘A Patrick's Day Hunt’ as well as nostalgic accounts of their travels around Ireland, including a trip to Aran. However they also had deep-felt sympathy for the rural Irish and a genuine interest in their language and ways, and this can be seen in such stories as ‘Children of the Captivity’.

 Published by T. Nelson in 1916.

Good condition. Binding intact. The spine is sunned.  Foxing on endpapers.  Slight stain on the front board