Subtitled Scenes from an Irish Childhood, Pat Boran’s bestselling prose memoir is an evocative and humorous portrait of small-town Ireland in the late 1960s and early 70s, made up of short self-contained scenes which combine to form a unique record of a time and a convincing portrait of a young mind coming to terms with the limits of received wisdom. Part memoir, part social history, part meditation on community itself, The Invisible Prison is, most of all, a celebration of the freedom, innocence and joys of childhood.
“Gentle… affectionate… good-humoured… heart-breaking…” — The Irish Times
“He writes with a poet’s sensibility… Each individual chapter feels like a short story in itself.” — Peter Sheridan, Books of the Year, Liveline, RTÉ Radio 1
“Resolutely amusing and emotionally resonant, Boran’s memoir captures all the excitement and natural curiosity of childhood… ” — Sunday Business Post
“Pat Boran’s autobiography, The Invisible Prison, makes the cut for its beautiful, poetic script reminding us what the essence of childhood is all about” — Des Kenny, Books of the Year, Sunday Independent
ISBN 978 1 906614 15 7 Paperback
Also available in Hardback
140 x 216 mm, 262 pp