Jan 28, 2020
Irish Shorts: Nora's Escape and other true stories of love, loss and resistance
Posted by Maria Hall

Six true stories from an Irish Catholic family caught in the iron grip of a changing world Told with unvarnished honesty, dry humour and a good dose of drama, we meet a young girl as she escapes her oppressive father to start life anew in the wilds of New Zealand We see a family s Christian values tested upon discovering their house broken into, and the culprit lurking cSix true stories from an Irish Catholic family caught in the iron grip of a changing world Told with unvarnished honesty, dry humour and a good dose of drama, we meet a young girl as she escapes her oppressive father to start life anew in the wilds of New Zealand We see a family s Christian values tested upon discovering their house broken into, and the culprit lurking close by The decades pass, and world wars turn into religious ones as author Maria Hall travels to bomb blasted Belfast in search of her heritage and connection to one of Ireland s most famous artists But is their family hero the man they thought him to be These are just some of the treasures revealed by Hall as she picks through family legend and fact to uncover tales of resistance, love and survival across three awe inspiring generations.

  • Title: Irish Shorts: Nora's Escape and other true stories of love, loss and resistance
  • Author: Maria Hall
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Irish Shorts Nora s Escape and other true stories of love loss and resistance Six true stories from an Irish Catholic family caught in the iron grip of a changing world Told with unvarnished honesty dry humour and a good dose of drama we meet a young girl as she escapes her o

    Nikki Landis

    I have to admit the cover drew me in at first glance It s lovely I m also quite intrigued by stories of ancestry, especially with histories of war, love and loss, and perseverance This little gem of a novella tells the tale of several generations spanning most of the twentieth century It s wonderful to see the author embrace history and family triumphs as well as disasters Life is rarely simple The human spirit can endure much and I loved to see how these strong Irish women carried through their [...]


    Bill Ward

    I have really come to enjoy short stories over the last couple of years and this collection was particularly interesting as they were true stories about the author s family The stories were both dramatic and touching in places, providing an insight not just into family life but also the times in which they lived This is a catholic family from Ireland and their faith is at the heart of their lives There is humor in the rigid, old fashioned, catholic view of a naked body and drama caused by wars a [...]


    Reg Shell

    Maria Hall writes wonderful cross section insight into life in Ireland from an Irish Catholic perspective in Irish Shorts Nora s Escape and other true stories of love, loss and resistance I loved the historical aspects of the series along with a story of Irish migration to other countries I am a fan of the short story medium, and these are an excellent example of the genre.Excellent.


    C.A. King

    This was my first memoir I am excited I gave it a try Set out as a group of short stories, that span three generation, this historical memoir is written with readers in mind Each story is a captivating look at the traditions, beliefs and experiences of a time that this generation can only experience through authors like Maria Hall If you have an Irish background, this book is for you If you are planning on visiting Ireland this book is for you Read them one at a time or all at once, either way I [...]


    Ellie Midwood

    Irish Shorts is a very well written collection of short stories, describing life, traditions and religious views of one particular family It is a great read for anyone who is interested in history, as each story offers a snippet of such historical events as WWI or the Great War, waves of immigration to New Zealand and into the United States, WWII, and many From a religious point of view, this collection sheds a light onto many relevant topics clashes between Catholics and Protestants in the UK, [...]


    Johanna Craven

    I was drawn to this book by the beautiful cover and thoroughly enjoyed this short, lovely read Irish Shorts is a collection of true stories from the life of the author and her ancestors and beautifully conjures up life throughout the twentieth century for Irish Catholic migrants in New Zealand The stories could be read individually, but reading them all allows the reader to follow the family through the generations My family has a similar story English migrants to Australia so the story of this [...]


    Nance R

    Loved It I love short stories for various reasons including the degree of skill needed to write a good one This collection contains six stories written with exceptional skill They are a memoir of a family dealing with a changing world.Writer Maria Hall took me to New Zealand and Ireland, and let me experience World War I II She also offered a glimpse into the world of being a Catholic This memoir can be read in one sitting, but I chose to savor each story and think about what happened.


    S.R. Mallery

    A Touching View of FamilyWith an honest and touching insight into her Irish relatives, author Maria Hall introduces us to a panoramic view of not only of Ireland, but also its people, customs, and ideology Rigid Catholic sexual s, Belfast urban warfare, family separations, PTSD, and widows of war are among the topics stories portrayed My favorite parts involved the stretching of hospitality too far, and the author s ultimate inference that for some people, escaping from their origins is essentia [...]


    Alan Hardy

    Tales from the writer s family history over the generations, and encompassing world wars and migrations, with a nice mix of detailed research and narrative, bringing alive past generations with their ambitions, heartaches, hopes and disappointments Beautifully and lovingly done, nicely balanced between celebration and, as with all memories, wistful sadness.


    Beth Hale

    I enjoyed this quick read of short stories They center around an Irish Catholic family and span several generations It s an engaging book, one that showcases Nora s strength of character and the devotion to her faith Maria Hall s love and pride for her family shine through each of the stories.


    Matthew Peters

    A marvelously moving collection of short stories that captures the heart of family.


    Billy McLaughlin

    When Nora defiantly escapes her life in Ireland to emigrate, so begins the biography of her life Told over four generations this is a story of family above all else The rigid values of Catholicism play a strong part in the dynamics of the family, proving to be the very thing that both unites and divides them Upon returning to Ireland Nora attempts to reunite with her stoic catholic father as she begins her own family As the focus shifts to Nora s daughter Pat and her own family we are taken thro [...]


    Lucinda Clarke

    FOUR AND A HALF STARSThis is a short book and I read it in one afternoon I liked the way the author traced back her family roots and shared the early days of moving from England to New Zealand and how the family became involved in World War II It tied in very neatly at the end, and the characters were well drawn, I felt I knew them, even in such a short book Besides being an interesting read, books like this one are an invaluable source of social history which hopefully will explain to future ge [...]


    Rebecca Hislop

    This is a fascinating collection of short stories recounting the various events which shaped the lives of the author s ancestors It begins in 1914 when the author s maternal grandmother left her home in Ireland and moved across the world to New Zealand She very cleverly brings them to life describing their actions and thoughts and motivations It spans the time from WW1 to through to the present day and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in history and family research It s so well r [...]


    Julie Powell

    This is a series of connected short stories about the lives of a family their highs and lows, loves and losses.It highlights the differences in eras and generations and how times change, if not always the mind set.There is certainly an authentic feel, which demonstrates that everything is honest and true a great snapshot of real history.This will interest those who enjoy history, especially from such a personal viewpoint.


    Louise Jackson

    A great book made up of fascinating short stories A snippet in time for each story, the historical element kept me turning the pages With beautiful descriptions and intense characterisation, I loved this book and all the stories I also liked how I could read a tale at a time Perfect for a lunch break or on the journey to or from work Thoroughly enjoyble and highly recommended


    Erin Riley

    This little gem of a book is a collection of true stories from the author s family Encompassing two world wars as well as the religious upheaval of the era, the stories of love, loss, and strength pull at the reader s heartstrings I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys memoirs or the history of Ireland and New Zealand.


    Robert Fear

    Engaging and powerfully writtenThis book is made up of six short stories tracing the path of an Irish family across the generations and to the opposite side of the world I found all the stories completely engaging and powerfully written Highly recommended.


    David Boiani

    A journey through time with generations of Irish ancestryA touching, thought provoking memoir of the author s family history, broken up into short stories, each representing a different generation An easy but at times heart wrenching read, but powerful in scope and meaning


    E.M. McIntyre

    A lovely and interesting read I like reading the occasional short and this collection was enjoyable even so because each piece is connected, one to the next It s beautifully written well done.


    Martha Graham-Waldon

    A Quick and Enjoyable ReadIn Irish Shorts, Maria Hall reaches deftly back into her family history bringing each ancestor colorfully to life The result is a collection of short stories that are beautifully written and an enjoyable read


    Brenda Mohammed

    Maria Hall tells these Irish Shorts of love, loss, and resistance to keep you turning the pages.I enjoyed this short collection.In fact, I loved them.


    Sandra McKenna

    A delightful collection of short stories about Maria s Irish descendants, spanning from Ireland to New Zealand.


    Julie Haigh

    Hard times and heart warming times.This is a collection of some family stories from Maria Hall the kind told and re told to her by family members The chapter titles tempted me as soon as I saw them, for example The Midwife The Matriarch etc A fairly short and easy read, very well put together and well presented with family photos included Hard times and heart warming times.


    Valerie Poore

    4.5 Stars These short stories were wonderfully evocative of the life of an Irish family throughout the generations Regardless of whether in Ireland or New Zealand, the family s customs, faith and culture override everything These are marvellous snippets of Irish life and I really enjoyed them Very filmic, very well written and very real


    T R

    Irish Shorts Nora s Escape and other true stories of love, loss and resistance by Maria Hall is a great compilation of short stories that are actually snapshots of her families background pieced together in a wonderful well written book What starts out with the info that these are real stories then begins with Nora s Escape and crisp engaging dialogue has me right into the read Dialogue like, I ll never talk to ya again and I ll leave ya nothin, begins our adventure here with Nora and her parent [...]



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