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London Irish FictionsNarrative, Diaspora and Identity$
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Tony Murray

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318313

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317897

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Irish Cockney Rebels

Irish Cockney Rebels

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(p.154) 10 Irish Cockney Rebels
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London Irish Fictions
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317897.013

This chapter examines three memoirs: The Grass Arena (1988) by John Healy, Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs (1994) by John Lydon, and Some Luck (2002) by John Bird. The authors are all second-generation Irish men who grew up in working-class neighbourhoods of post-war London, and explore this experience from the perspective of middle age. In the course of writing about their backgrounds, they regenerate themes and tropes familiar from texts in the previous two parts of this study that occur in relation to narratives of nationality and gender, and also with regard to religion, class, and sexuality.

Keywords:   memoirs, cultural allegiance, Irish migrants, John Healy, John Lydon, John Bird, second generation

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