The Road to Glenanore by M. Jesse Hoare. Hardback. First Edition. Howard Baker. London, 1975.
Nostalgic memories of two old country houses.
"This remarkable new writer describes, rather in the style of the late Sommerville & Ross, the twilight world of the crumbling Anglo-Irish Ascendancy, from the 'twenties' into the middle of the century.
Although she with wit about many amusing incidents she also deals movingly with certain tragic occurrences. She left Carrigrohane Castle, Cork as a young bride, and, after the premature death of her husband, moved to another ancestral home, Glenanore House, near Fermoy, occupied by an elderly relative, who had lived there all his life, cut off from the outside world. It recounts humorously her attempts to introduce her elderly cousin to some 'modern comforts', and of her attempts to ward off the many petty crooks and swindlers whose tricks had contributed to the mess in which he found himself.
Glenanore House and its atmosphere is described vividly; also the many strange, sometimes almost incredible, but always amusing characters she met there.
The Ireland of M. Jesse Hoare's (young) days has...gone forever, but in this biography incorporating two ancient Anglo-Irish homes, the life of a by-gone age comes brilliantly alive, and the reader travels with growing interest and ever-increasing fascination along the Road to Glenanore.
Condition: Hardback. First edition. Red boards with gold writing. In very good condition. Pages inside very clean. Dustjacket has some fading on the spine. Lovely photographs.