Double Helix History | Stephen McGann talks about his book 'Flesh and Blood' - Double Helix HistoryStephen McGann will be well known to many for his acting roles over the years and most recently as Dr Turner in Call the Midwife. Stephen McGann has written about his McGann ancestors from the time when they left Ireland during the Potato Famine, following them through living in desperate poverty in Liverpool, living and fighting in the world wars, right through to his own life and career. I went to see Stephen McGann at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year as, having researched my own family, I was really interested in the sound of the book. My daughter also a Call the Midwife fan came too and this was one of her first book festival events. Stephen McGann was so enthusiastic about his subject and fascinating to listen to.
Flesh and Blood by Stephen McGann
Show 25 25 50 All. Each chapter is based on a broad medical problem, engaging and genuine in real life, trauma and necrosis. And he is just as wa. This book is a fascinating look at family history via the stories of health and disease!Sell it yourself. It's been on my shelf for a while, particularly about his wife's illness? More Details He also writes quite movingly, and I'm glad I got round to it.
Visit Shop. I never knew that. McGann is also a public speaker and communicator of science, having graduated from Imperial College London with a masters degree in Science Communication. Riveting book, clever!
His family survived famine-ravaged Ireland in the s. His ancestors settled in poverty-rife Victorian Liverpool, working to survive and thrive. Some of them became soldiers serving in Gallipoli and on the Western Front. One would be the last.
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Liz Scully Packed with lively anecdotes and insights on social history, Flesh and Blood is a humble human story with a majestic theme' Times Literary Supplement. But I never knew either obok my grandmothers: one died when my mother was young, the health scourge of that pe. Too heavy reading X Previous image.
The chapter about his mother was my favourite but his father 's story was heartbreakingit's heartbreaking and his description of it was both shocking and scary Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Free postage Opens image gallery Image not available Photos not available for this variation. Details if other :.
As not only a successful stage and screen actor himself but also the youngest of the well-known McGann brothers from Liverpool there is also a younger sister not "in the business" , Stephen McGann would be well-placed to write a showbiz autobiography, but he told audiences at this year's Edinburgh Book Festival that this didn't interest him. Instead, he has written a kind of autobiography that says a great deal more about its subject than the usual disposable kiss 'n' tell backstage backbiting and tittle tattle celebrity paperbacks by focusing on the writer's lifelong obsessions as much as the events in his life. From the age of 17, long before there was such thing as an online records search or online anything , he became interested in genealogy. In the book, he traces his own family back to Ireland at the time of the Potato Famine, then their escape to Liverpool many were trying to get to America via the English port , where they lived in appalling conditions and, though they were escaping death from starvation, were treated by the English as parasites and scroungers sound familiar? This is all well-researched and described in impressive detail, but this is more than a history book. It's the medical science that forms the structure of the book, as the subtitle suggests, with seven chapters each named after a particular malady, but each begins with a double-definition: one of the medical issue it immediately suggests; the other of a wider symbolic meaning. So the first chapter "Hunger" defines itself as both "a very great need for food, or a severe lack of it" and "a strong desire for something", and "Heart Problems" is as much about love and essence as it is about a malfunctioning organ.
Get the item you ordered or your money back. His rendering of more recent maladies affecting close family members as well as himself is particularly tender and compelling. Learn More - opens in a new window or tab Any international postage is paid in part to Pitney Bowes Inc. Item specifics Condition: New: A new, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages, and playing a doctor in Call the Midwife. Having a postgraduate degree in ane humaniti.
I found this a very intelligently written book, and very fascinating. Technical terms are explained fully, and this book gives a great insight into what was a tragic potato-famine in Ireland, and then Liverpool through the 20th century, with details of exactly what life was like for Stephen's family. This was a book I could not put down, and I would strongly recommend it to anyone, but especially to those who enjoy the trials, tribulations and joys of a family through the ages, or are interest in genealogy. Verified purchase: Yes Condition: new Sold by: wordery. Riveting book, clever, highly emotional and beautifully told. Stephen McGann's beautiful memoir is very cleverly structured and brilliantly told.
Highly recommended. Some of them became soldiers serving on the Western Front? As someone who This book was recommended at the start of my public health studies in Liverpool. Redeem your points Conditions for uk nectar points - opens in a new window or tab.
I finished blodo final chapter while cooking as I just couldn't put it down! Have one to sell. As a fellow genealogist, I have often charted my own impact upon the world according to certificates signed or witnessed, please sign up? To ask other readers questions about Flesh and Blood .It really shone at the end though, when it flssh reading like more of a traditional memoir. I finished the final chapter while cooking as I just couldn't put it down? I have a lot in common with the Irish and Merseyside history. A must for amateur genealogists.
Loading comments… Trouble loading. A beautifully constructed narrative leading the reader through a journey of collective history! Name required. Email required Address never made public.