Latest News: Posts Tagged ‘the broken boy’

“It may have been forgotten in the collective memory, but the effects of the polio epidemic continue to be felt by survivors” — Patrick Cockburn’s THE BROKEN BOY featured in The Irish Examiner

Sunday, June 19th, 2022

“In his 2006 memoir The Broken Boy, which has recently been reissued with a chapter on Covid, journalist Patrick Cockburn recounts his experience of contracting polio at the age of six, while living in Youghal, Co Cork. His brother Andrew, who was three years older, also contracted the disease. Cockburn describes himself as ‘uniquely unlucky’ — his parents Claud and Patricia, returned from England to their house in east Cork, despite the fact that Cork city was in the midst of a polio epidemic. At least 50,000 people got the virus during the outbreak — one of the last great outbreaks of polio in western Europe, ahead of the first doses of the Salk vaccine that arrived in Cork in 1957.”

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“A rip-roaring historical romp… You get two books in one from this well-told tale” — Patrick Cockburn’s THE BROKEN BOY reviewed by Morning Star

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

“His account of polio conveys powerfully the sense of panic and fear among parents, and the traumas suffered by children in isolation hospitals under the care of often insensitive and even cruel nursing staff.”

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“A rickety but potentially stable balance of power is unravelling in Northern Ireland thanks to the crass manoeuvres of the British government” — THE BROKEN BOY author Patrick Cockburn writes for the i

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

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“What are the chances of a return to violence in Northern Ireland?” — THE BROKEN BOY author Patrick Cockburn writes for the i

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

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“Northern Ireland Had New Problems Even Before Boris Johnson Went Bull-in-a-China-Shop” — THE BROKEN BOY author Patrick Cockburn featured in Esquire

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

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“Irish border issues are political trip wires” — THE BROKEN BOY author Patrick Cockburn writes for the i

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

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“How To Be A Foreign Correspondent Without Swallowing Propaganda” — THE BROKEN BOY author Patrick Cockburn interviewed by Current Affairs

Monday, March 14th, 2022

“Cockburn’s memoir The Broken Boy, about his childhood during the Cork polio epidemic of 1956, is a story of everyday people who find themselves caught up in the tides of history having to struggle through as best they can.”

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“The Northern Ireland Peace Agreement is crumbling, but Boris Johnson does not seem to care” — THE BROKEN BOY author Patrick Cockburn writes for the i

Thursday, February 24th, 2022

“I was sitting in a cafe in heavily nationalist West Belfast three years ago when a local radio reporter came in looking for residents to interview about the effect of Brexit on Northern Ireland. She said that the impact was already massive, adding: “Stupid, stupid English for getting us into this pickle. We were doing nicely and then they surpassed themselves [in stupidity].” The pickle is about to get a lot worse.”

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