We like to think of our Irish Biography section as being one of the jewels in Zozimus’s tattered crown. Currently we have on our shelves well over 600 titles that deal with the lives and careers of Irish men and women. These include autobiographies or memoirs by the subjects themselves, popular ‘lives’, academic explorations into the achievements of our writers, scientists or politicians, and volumes of letters or journals.
Therefore, at the moment of writing, there is a pile of books about Michael Collins, another one (to be fair) about Eamon de Valera, and half a shelf devoted to the Yeats family. In two weeks time, these may have given way to a drift of volumes about Roger Casement, or a conclave of Victorian divines, a set of Martha Long’s memoirs of life on the Dublin streets or perhaps a handbagful of biographical explorations of Oscar Wilde. (Hector McDonnell’s illustration – above – shows him finishing a last hock-and-seltzer before his arrest in the Cadogan Hotel.)
The best way to find out what’s here is of course to drop in, but if you can’t do that, please phone or email to inquire what we have in stock, or to ask us to look out for – or order – particular titles for you.