"...Never while you breathe give up"

J.P. Donleavy from JP Donleavy's Ireland
Photo courtesy of Stephen Hyde
Temple Bar, Dublin.
The first of Donleavy's three autobiographical nonfiction works, followed in chronological order by A Singular Country, 1989 and The History of The Ginger Man, 1994. Donleavy, as always, shoots straight from the hip, and in this volume in particular, ruffles the feathers of manys the Irish in the process. It's been said that to criticize something worth a damn, one has to learn to love it first. Donleavy often states in interviews that he moved to Ireland and became a citizen for tax reasons (Ireland offers income tax exception to its professional artists in all disciplines), but it's evident in his writing that there is plenty of warmth toward his adopted home amidst the barbs and bolo punches. There is also an excellent documentary film available on video cassette with the slightly altered title J.P. Donleavy's Ireland in All Her Sins And Graces. See JPD - Film & Video for details and ordering link.

J.P. Donleavy's Ireland in All Her Sins and in Some of Her Graces

Cloth | Michael Joseph Ltd./The Rainbird Publishing Group, London, 1986 - ISBN 0718127234 - 223 pages

First UK trade edition.

Together, starting forth from left: Tony McInerney, Randall Hillis, Brendan Behan, Gainor Crist (and extreme right) Desmond McNamara. Courtesy The J.P. Donleavy Archives.

J.P. Donleavy's Ireland in All Her Sins and in Some of Her Graces

Cloth | Viking - Penguin Group, New York, 1986 - ISBN 0670813184 - 223 pages

First US trade edition.

Mon Irlande - avec tous ses péchés et certains des ses graces (JP Donleavy's Ireland in All Her Sins and in Some of Her Graces)

Wraps | Denoël, Paris, 1987

French translation. Possibly still available through Amazon's French site.

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J.P. Donleavy's Ireland in All Her Sins and in Some of Her Graces

Wraps | Penguin, London, 1988 - ISBN 0140107126 - 223 pages

First UK paperback edition. Very large format for Penguin; only slightly reduced from the original hardcover edition.

J.P. Donleavy's Ireland in All Her Sins and in Some of Her Graces

Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Toronto, 1988.

Braille translation.

J.P. Donleavy's Ireland in All Her Sins and in Some of Her Graces

Audio cassettes | Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) Talking Books. TB No. 6657, year?

JPD makes speacial arrangments to make his books available to the blind foregoing his standard royalty agreements.

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