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And Then There Was Rose

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Full title: Restless spirit: the story of Rose Quinn [a novel]

Creator / Author: Margaret Hawkins

Item Type / Page count: Book / 287p / 288p

When Published: 2006 (1st ed.) / 2013 (2nd ed.)

Publisher / Place of Publication (1st edition): Mercier Press / Douglas Village, Cork

Publisher / Place of Publication (2nd edition): Bushel Press / Co. Wexford

About: This novel is based on a real life person, Rose Quinn (1870-1907), and can be considered a biography in everything but name. Rose Quinn died in an asylum less than a year after being committed there by her husband. The narrator’s father only discloses this information about his aunt shortly before he died. The book provides a picture of what asylum life was like and how Irish society of the early twentieth-century looked on families who had a relative in the asylum. The book also traces parallels between the narrator’s life and that of Rose Quinn – the restless spirit.

ID number(s): 9781856354967 / 1856354962 / 9780957534209

Chapters: Prologue – ‘And then there was Rose’ – Summer 1906 – Extraordinary story – Breakthrough – Matchmaking – Records seen — Soldiers and spectacle – Revelation – The child – Liverpool bound – Clay game – Pattern at St. Senan’s – Wedding day – Response – Committal – Workhouse – More Connection – Transfer – Coming home – Asylum – The way it works: Catherine – Final journey – Big day – More coincidence – Loose ends – Research at St. Senan’s – Appendix 1: Other asylums – Appendix 2: Mental health legislation — Bibliography – A poem for Rose – About the author.

WW Connection #1: The author is originally from Tinahely in south-west Wicklow and attended Carnew Vocational School.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #3: Read an excerpt from the book via the author’s website:  http://www.margarethawkins.ie/deny-me-not/published-work/fiction/

Extra #4: Browse the 1901 Census for Rose Quinn.

Extra #5: Contains several black & white personal and documentary photographs.


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