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O’Brien and Ireland have finally made their peace

Gerard O'Regan


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Author Edna O'Brien. Photo: Awakening/Getty Images

Author Edna O'Brien. Photo: Awakening/Getty Images

Author Edna O'Brien. Photo: Awakening/Getty Images

There’s a wistfulness about Edna O’Brien. Those handsome features, which have bedevilled and beguiled for so long, suggest a yearning unresolved.

Maybe it’s the memory of her great doomed romance. The British politician with whom she had a long-running love affair. She still will not name him. But we know he slipped away, taking something of her with him.


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