We Are Besieged

WE ARE BESIEGED by Barbara Fitzgerald was originally published in 1946 This fascinating first novel deals with the burning out of an Anglo Irish family in 1922 and what happens to them during the subsequent ten years The backdrop for most of the novel is a Georgian house in Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin, where the family try to deal with the new Ireland in their differentWE ARE BESIEGED by Barbara Fitzgerald was originally published in 1946 This fascinating first novel deals with the burning out of an Anglo Irish family in 1922 and what happens to them during the subsequent ten years The backdrop for most of the novel is a Georgian house in Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin, where the family try to deal with the new Ireland in their different ways Two attractive sisters, the self willed Isobel and the endearing Caroline, grow up in a society where there are no officers to dance with, no Viceregal Drawing rooms to assure them position When the British left Southern Ireland, many of the Anglo Irish remaining in the country felt like aliens, besieged in a hostile land While some adapted to the new regime, others, such as Isobel and Caroline s mother, neither could nor would Their sons and daughters grew up as a generation that could hardly remember the British Families were divided against themselves, children against their parents.
We Are Besieged WE ARE BESIEGED by Barbara Fitzgerald was originally published in This fascinating first novel deals with the burning out of an Anglo Irish family in and what happens to them during the subs

  • Title: We Are Besieged
  • Author: Barbara FitzGerald
  • ISBN: 9780956223135
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “We Are Besieged”

    1. This is a coming of age book set in 1920s Ireland. Carolyn is a young Protestant girl at the time of Ireland gaining freedom from Britain. It follows her and her family's journey into acceptance (or not) of the new way of things. As an Irishwoman who grew up in the 1980s and 90s I was fascinated at a look at things from "the other side" my grandfather having been a Republican. Back-drop aside it is a well written enjoyable novel.

    2. Set in Ireland during the early 20th Century, specifically around the time of the British leaving and the subsequent War of Independence. It focuses on an Anglo- Irish Protestant family and all the changes that are 'forced' or visited upon them at this time.

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