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O'Faolain, Nuala

Works: 64 works in 386 publications in 10 languages and 10,207 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Frame stories  Historical fiction  Romance fiction  Pictorial works  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Creator, Producer
Classifications: PN5146.O39, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Nuala O'Faolain
My dream of you by Nuala O'Faolain( Book )

69 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 2,356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kathleen de Burca's research on the 1850s affair between an English landlord's wife and an Irish servant causes her to reconsider her own life
The story of Chicago May by Nuala O'Faolain( Book )

30 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 1,293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An excursion into the American underworld at the dawn of the twentieth century, the life of an unrespectable Irish woman, and the hidden inner life of any woman who has tried to choose the unconventional path. The legend says that May was compellingly attractive. At 19, she stole her family's savings and ran away to America, where she worked as a grifter, a confidence trickster, a prostitute, a showgirl--and was hailed in tabloids as "Queen of the Underworld." Then she fell in love with a big-league criminal and followed him to Paris where they robbed the American Express. May survived prison, returned to America, and was reborn again and again--falling in love, lapsing back into the criminal life, flirting with legitimacy, writing her memoirs. O'Faolain brings a sympathetic scrutiny to this extraordinary life, reaching across the decades for points of connection. May was born in post-famine Ireland and died in the world of telephones, sportscars, and movies, just before the stock-market crash. Is there a woman's experience they can share? An Irishwoman's experience? An outsider's?--From publisher description
The story of Chicago May by Nuala O'Faolain( )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nuala O'Faolain branches into new territory with her biography of the infamous Irish-American prostitute and thief, Chicago May. O'Faolain uses May's autobiography, primary sources from the turn of the 19th century and her own experience as an Irishwoman to bring May--and all her heartache, deception and violence--to life
My dream of you by Nuala O'Faolain( Recording )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kathleen de Burca, an Irish travel writer based in London, is forced to realize the effects of her refugee existance, so when she returns to Ireland to investigate a love affair that took place during the Famine, she meets a man that promises to alter her life forever
Best Love, Rosie by Nuala O'Faolain( Book )

33 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like many a modern, well-travelled woman, Rosie has lived a fascinating life, full of adventure and the pleasure of many lovers in her younger years. Now, facing the challenges of middle-age, she finds that the things that defined her most -- work, love, independence -- begin to fail her. She comes home to Ireland to care for her elderly aunt Min, trapped by circumstances in sleepy Dublin. But when an opportunity arises to visit New York again, the story takes an unexpected turn
Are you somebody? by Nuala O'Faolain( Book )

36 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book has to be read"--The New York Times 'A rich, fierce memoir' - The New Yorker 'An astonishing book ... a classic' - Times Literary Supplement A strikingly vivid and starkly emotional memoir, Are You Somebody? is, like Nuala O'Faolain herself, a singular example of courage, honesty, and bold living
A radiant life by Nuala O'Faolain( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects the columns of Irish journalist Nuala O'Faolain, who tackled a vast range of subjects--from Catholicism to feminism, from Sinatra to Africa, and from Irish American culture to Islam and the West
Almost there : the onward journey of a Dublin woman by Nuala O'Faolain( Book )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A memoir can be a summing-up of a long, interesting life, O'Faolain opens by listing what she doesn't have, as she enters her mid-50s: someone to love, someone to love her, money, a workplace, a pension. But it's clear love is her biggest problem. Her early boyfriends were apparently unremarkable, her 15-year relationship with "Nell" ended awfully and her subsequent affair with an elderly married man was mostly imagined. Toward the book's end, she's almost ditching her relationship with a divorced father, resenting his intimacy with his daughter. Her anger at her dysfunctional parents seethes throughout, culminating in a fantasy of joining her (now deceased) mother in a bar, and walking out just when Mom's ordered her a drink. By ending on that note, O'Faolain hints that her parents' lovelessness made it hard for her to love, an unsatisfying conclusion to such a nuanced account
A more complex truth : selected writings by Nuala O'Faolain( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and French and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection of Nuala O'Faolain's non-fiction from the mid-1980s to shortly before her death in 2008. Her wide-ranging essays cast a canny eye on all matters Irish - from sex, contraception, old age, the Border, and the rights of the marginalised, to Charlie Haughey, Mary Robinson, John McGahern and U2
Are you somebody? : the life and times of Nuala O'Faolain by Nuala O'Faolain( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and Italian and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memoir followed by a selection of Nuala O'Faolain's columns on people, issues, and places from the Irish times over the past decade
Almost there : the onward journey of a Dublin woman by Nuala O'Faolain( )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1996, a small Irish press approached Nuala O'Faolain to publish a collection of her opinion columns from the Irish Times. She offered to write an introduction to explain the life experience that had shaped this Irish woman's views. Convinced that none but a few diehard fans of the columns would ever see the book, she took the opportunity to interrogate herself as to what she had made of her life. But the introduction, the "accidental memoir of a Dublin woman," was discovered, and Are You Somebody? became an international bestseller. It launched a new life for its author at a time when she had long let go of expectations that anything new could dislodge patterns of regret and solitude, well fixed. Suddenly, in midlife, there was the possibility of radical change. Almost There begins at that moment when O'Faolain's life began to change. It tells the story of a life in subtle, radical, and unforeseen renewal. It is a tale of good fortune chasing out bad -- of an accidental harvest of happiness. But it is also a provocative examination of one woman's experience of the "crucible of middle age"--A time of life that faces in two directions, that forges the shape of the years to come, and also clarifies and solidifies one's relationships to friends and lovers (past and present), family and self. Intelligent, thoughtful, hilarious, fierce, moving, generous, and full of surprises, Almost There is a crystalline reflection of a singular character, utterly engaged in life
The Irish file : images from a land of grace by Jon Michael Riley( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sei qualcuno? by Nuala O'Faolain( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in Italian and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are you somebody : the accidental memoir of a Dublin woman by Nuala O'Faolain( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Irish times columnist Nuala O'Faolain opens her past and looks at it in this searingly honest midlife exploration of the love, pain, loneliness, loss, and self-discovery she has experienced. The result is a classic memoir. Born one of nine children in a penniless North Dublin family headed by an overwhelmed mother and a charming but absent father, Nuala not only survived but pushed at the boundaries of the confining Catholic Ireland she grew up in. The author spends much of her life seeking the sense of self that hostile environment denied to girls and women. But Nuala sees this past with new eyes when she takes the opportunity, in her fifties, to examine the meaning of her life and to review her accomplishments as well as her deep yearning for a sense of fulfillment." "Gifted commentator that she is, Nuala shows us her private thoughts and public actions as they play against the backdrop of the rural Ireland she knew as a child, the blossoming intellectual scene of Dublin in the fifties, and the unspoiled Oxford of the sixties. We see the richness of her native land's culture and its natural beauty as she herself rediscovers them after years in England. With their help she makes her way back to health from a black period of alcoholism and debilitating depression." "Nuala has distilled these experiences into a wisdom that could come only from a woman who refused to shrink from life. She escapes the example of her passionate but defeated mother and comes to her own terms with the love she yearns to share with men and women. Even the solitary life, she realizes, that includes neither lover nor child, has its deep contentments."--Jacket
Ik droom van jou by Nuala O'Faolain( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in Dutch and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een 49-jarige Ierse reisjournaliste probeert na de dood van haar beste vriend in haar geboorteland haar verdriet te verwerken en onderzoekt een echtscheidingsproces uit 1850
Dunkle Tage, helles Leben Roman by Nuala O'Faolain( Recording )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in German and Undetermined and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die irische Autorin starb 2008. Ihr letzter Roman erzählt poetisch leise vom Altern zweier ungebundener Frauen, vom Ankämpfen gegen aufkommende Leere und Verzweiflung, von Geheimnissen der Vergangenheit und der Eroberung der eigenen Geschichte
Monica Bleibtreu liest "Nur nicht unsichtbar werden" von Nuala O'Faolain( Recording )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in German and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marlen Diekhoff liest, Ein alter Traum von Liebe by Nuala O'Faolain( Recording )

3 editions published in 2003 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monica Bleibtreu liest "Nur nicht unsichtbar werden"( Recording )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Passover among Yemeni Jews( Visual )

2 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the celebration of the Passover by Yemeni jews
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My dream of you
Alternative Names
Nuala Ó Faoláin

Nuala O’Faolain irische Journalistin und Schriftstellerin

Nuala O'Faolain écrivaine irlandaise

Nuala O'Faolain escritora irlandesa

Nuala O'Faolain schrijfster uit Ierland (1940-2008)

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English (201)

German (66)

French (32)

Italian (18)

Swedish (8)

Chinese (3)

Finnish (3)

Polish (2)

Dutch (2)

Japanese (1)

The story of Chicago MayMy dream of youBest Love, RosieAre you somebody?A radiant lifeAlmost there : the onward journey of a Dublin womanA more complex truth : selected writingsAre you somebody? : the life and times of Nuala O'Faolain