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Irish Ghost, English Accent

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Author: Graham Jones
Published: 2010
Language: English
Wordcount: 38,276 / 112 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 2,140
Added to site: 2010.05.26 27912
License: ©

The story of a mother diagnosed with severe paranoid schizophrenia, the daughter she is denied custody of and their mutual decision to go on the run.

'There's something about mother-daughter relationships I find particularly interesting,' Jones says. 'A female has given birth to another female who one day will probably give birth herself. There's a chance for incredible empathy. Yet such relationships are often fraught, squandered. I wanted to explore that.'

Yet IRISH GHOST, ENGLISH ACCENT is not only about motherhood.

'I was also very interested in this label schizophrenia - how unsatisfactory a label it is - and certain ideas I have about that connected to the whole mother thing quite well, as did the whole Irish/English experience. The characters came very quickly. It was like once my research began Joanne and her mother were immediately standing beside me.'

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the daughter again who now appeared to be looking through the accommodation section of The Limerick Post. She returned it to the pile and shook her head. Folded her arms and stared at the cigarettes behind the counter. Staring into nowhere, really. Weary and yet determined looking.

'Come on mum,' she called out, like a parent.

Her mother followed obediently, like a child.

'Can I get a popcorn and Coke?' she asked.

'You've just eaten!' the daughter scolded.

'I'm hungry again!'

'I don't have any money!'

'Get some!'

'I'm not doing that here!'

Simon breathed a little laugh.

They walked to their car, he walked to his.

It was starting to rain and now that he'd taken care of his hunger, it was really time to get back on the road.

The threesome drove like a separated family through a land borne not only of rain, but a threat of rain.

Large open air sheds with arching, corrugated purple roofs punctuated the green field



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