Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Woodbrook” as Want to Read:
Woodbrook
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Woodbrook

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Woodbrook is a rare house that gives its name to a small, rural area in Ireland, not far from the old port of Sligo. It has been owned since the seventeenth century by the Anglo-Irish Kirkwoods. In 1932, David Thomson, aged eighteen, went there are a tutor. He stayed for ten years.





This memoir, acknowledged as a masterpiece, grew out of two great loves - for Woodbrook and f
...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 17th 1994 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1974)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Woodbrook, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Woodbrook

This is Paradise! by Hyok KangThings Latinos LOVE or HATE by Lilliana RiosA Kazakh Teacher's Story by Mukhamet ShayakhmetovDesert Royal by Jean SassonNylon Road by Parsua Bashi
Ethnic/Cultural Memoirs
55th out of 176 books — 7 voters
Elizabeth's London by Liza PicardDaily Life in 18th-Century England by Kirstin OlsenThe Year 1000 by Robert LaceyEveryday Life in Colonial America by Dale TaylorEveryday Life in Ancient Egypt by Lionel Casson
Everyday Life in History
65th out of 101 books — 12 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 101)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Adrian
This book brings together many strands of writing: memoir, history, folklore, social and political analysis. Above all, it is a love story; love for a place and for a family. David Thomson went to rural Roscommon in the West of Ireland to act as a tutor to a family of Anglo-Irish aristocrats. The Kirkwood family had been in Ireland for centuries but a combination of frivolity, irresponsibility and bad luck had caused their fortune to dwindle and for them to fall on hard times. Thomson tells the ...more
Stephen
I thought it was fiction! Soem of it must be. A romance with Ireland. Given me by son who was in love with Irish woman (now his wife).
Betsy
This was not an easy book to read but it was a good history of the Irish and all the political and religious turmoil they went through. It is also a love story. My ancestors did not have an easy time of it and the book explains a great deal about why they came to America and just who they were.
Margaret
This book is interesting if you want to get a sense of Irish history and culture, that's what kept me reading. There are better books in fiction and non-fiction that do that. Because of its format, this one is perhaps easier to read than some of those. As a novel, the story line was thin.
Maria Savic
I struggled to get through this one...too dreary and mundane for me
Lozzle_pops
Lozzle_pops is currently reading it
Nov 08, 2014
Anne
Anne is currently reading it
Oct 09, 2014
Jennifer Jacobs
Jennifer Jacobs marked it as to-read
Oct 05, 2014
Lisa
Lisa marked it as to-read
Sep 11, 2014
Angels
Angels marked it as to-read
Aug 31, 2014
Veronica
Veronica marked it as to-read
Aug 30, 2014
Amanda Kruckenberg
Amanda Kruckenberg marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2014
Raquel
Raquel marked it as to-read
Aug 23, 2014
Aine
Aine added it
Aug 16, 2014
PaleoIrish
PaleoIrish is currently reading it
Aug 13, 2014
Pragya
Pragya marked it as to-read
Jul 16, 2014
Sue
Sue added it
Jul 16, 2014
Mickey
Mickey marked it as to-read
Jul 12, 2014
Nadine
Nadine added it
Jun 15, 2014
Kati
Kati marked it as to-read
May 21, 2014
Susan Gurley
Susan Gurley marked it as to-read
Apr 22, 2014
Leslie
Leslie marked it as to-read
Apr 20, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.
More about David Thomson...
People of the Sea Europe Since Napoleon England in the Nineteenth Century, 1815-1914 (The Pelican History of England, #8) In Nevada: The Land, the People, God, and Chance England in the 20th Century, 1914-1979: Volume 9

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »