A remarkable memoir about a young Irish girl's experience as a 'miss' in a severely regimented Spanish household in the 1950s. It is fresh and most eye-opening, funny and painful.
From within and without the palatial confines of a wealthy sherry family, the author's eye for detail will delight the reader as she struggles towards womanhood in Franco's Spain having departed De Valera's Ireland. Her reflections and descriptions, especially those on the processions of Semana Santa are the best I have read.
A charming and poignant coming-of-age memoirin which a Catholic girl from Ireland finds herself thrown into the very different but equally Catholic world of Southern Spain.
...not only the rite of passage of a spirited Irish girl abroad but the inside story of what it is like living under a dictatorship in Jerez. Her isolation reflects that of ordinary Spaniards under El Caudillo. This lively memoir veers from the touchingly sad to the hilariously funny, but sight is never lost of painful realities. Take Me With You When You Go
is a rare thing, a good read that is memorable.
Born in Dublin, Stephanie has lived for long periods in Spain and Latin America. She has been a relief and development worker and report writer for overseas NGOs. Her previous memoir recounts her work for Unicef during the wars in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Stephanie lives in London and South West France.