Lust: Maura Laverty 'Alone We Embark' (1942)

When Maura Laverty gently pointed out that Irish villages simmered with perverted lust, her novel was immediately censored. Or maybe it was her pointed criticism of the state that offended the censors.

  • If an author can please an Irish audience with a book called ‘darlin’ by the British, she must be doing something special.
  • This is a chilling depiction of poverty and old age in the new County Homes, where the new republic has made no difference at all.
  • This is all very soap opera - Laverty actually wrote a TV soap called Tolka Row in the 1960s.

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