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Wild Irish Women

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Writers, killers, nuns, patriots, artists, healers, pirates, politicians, entertainers, saints, courtesans, leaders, revolutionaries, lovers, warriors, witches, record-breakers, and eccentrics are among the eclectic roster of Irishwomen resurrected from the dustbins of history by this "rollicking read" (according to Books Ireland).
In times when women were expected to marry
Paperback, 348 pages
Published December 3rd 2003 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published September 11th 2001)
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Cecelia Hightower
Oct 27, 2012 Cecelia Hightower added it
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Despite the titillating title, which the author said was used on purpose, this book was really fascinating and very informational. This book consisted of a short life bio of 75 Irish women that lived between 955 AD and 2005. All the women this book honored had passed on before the author wrote the book, this was done by her choice. The writer introduced the reader to women that one would not normally know about unless they were a serious student of Irish history.

The earliest history of these wo
Grace Tierney
Apr 21, 2014 Grace Tierney rated it really liked it
Women don't feature strongly in traditional history books, so I was delighted to happen upon this book filled with mini biographies of 71 "wild" Irish women. Thinking that I would have heard of most of them I flicked confidently through the table of contents and found I only recognised about half of the names. Grouped by categories like political, tough cookies, and stage and screen, it's an easy book to dip in and out of when you have time. A basic understanding of 1900-1932 period of Irish his ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Lucy rated it liked it
I promised myself in this new year to read one history and one biography. My shelves contain many very good hardbacks received as gifts only to remain unopened. I began my commitment with "Wild Irish Women" (316 pps) however it proved to be a real slog. It consists of two and three page biography vignettes of famous Irish women. Reading a few bio's every night I suddenly realized how redundant they began to sound. These women were all great in their own right, however this book does not due just ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Kaisa rated it liked it
A varied, vivid and entertaining compilation of short introductions to interesting personalities in Irish history. The structure of the book was a bit confusing, and some of the descriptions seemed quite subjective (i.e. the writer occasionally seemed to deem the person "good" or "bad" according to her own liking, and made all sorts of assumptions quite freely). Nevertheless, the book was an easy read, and introduced many characters previously unknown to me. Gave good ideas for further reading.
Oct 25, 2013 McGooglykins rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating read - so many interesting, badass, clever ladies! I got a little thrill of excitement every time they mentioned somewhere that I'd been, too. It made it so much more real to read that someone who had done something truly amazing lived on, say, Nassau Street or St Stephen's Green in Dublin and I'd think 'oh my gosh, I've been there, I've walked the same ground - did I walk past her house?'. It just made everything come that bit more alive to me.
Rebecca Danks
I picked this book up while I was at my nan's looking for something to read in the bathroom (its a good job my nan lives in a library too). It's light reading and enjoyable, but I found that it did not contain quite enough information in each case. I will read it again as it is light reading when you don't want to think too much.
Feb 04, 2012 Eileen rated it really liked it
Interesting, short stories of Irish women throughout the ages - royals, pirates, freedom fighters, mistresses, artists, performers, saints, soldiers, and women who pretended to be men. In typical Irish fashion, some of these women had tenuous ties to Ireland the country, but strong ties to an Irish identity. Some fascinating women and incredible stories.
Sep 28, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting collection of short bios of Irish women from all corners. Lots of ideas for characters and further study.
Katherine Hebert
Mar 30, 2013 Katherine Hebert rated it liked it
This book took entirely too long. Interesting bios of many Irish women who mixed things up and changed their worlds and ours.
Jun 16, 2014 Maureen rated it liked it
This book was a good quick overview of some very interesting stories of historical women. I liked the span of categories of stories and the historical timeline. It was a very quick read and engaging.
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