A Rich Soup

Author:

Brian Farrington

ISBN SB:

978-1-905487-38-7

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€12.99
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Brian, elder brother ofConor Farrington, the actor, playwright and broadcaster, was born inDublin in 1925 of distinguished and unusual parents. Most of his life has been spent as an ex-pat Irishman in France (15 years) and Scotland, with brief interludes in places likeManchester and Hungary. His memoir, A Rich Soup with additional material – the title is explained in the last sentence – is far from being the sort of autobiography “made up of sentences that should only figure in Xmas letters to neglected cousins” (Roy Hattersley).

Rather is it a series of linked anecdotes, descriptions, stories and ideas, some moving, some hilariously funny, being by-products of a long and on the whole enjoyable life spent exploiting an awkwardly heterogeneous set of talents and fitting them into a teacher’s career. Pyrenean mountains, Irish caverns and life in a leftwing commune in Paris figure in the book. Also, entertainingly described, are the experiences of being on the jury for a French doctorate in Applied Linguistics, speaking from a soap-box, and travelling the length and breadth of the winter Highlands as an oral examiner in French.

A pioneer in the use of computers for language learning - Brian ended up running the Language Centre of Aberdeen University – he has also published two collections of poetry (one withDolmen Press inDublin) and a short book onWB Yeats, as well as designing and programming several innovative software packages. Among the variegated throng of personages whose paths have very briefly crossed his are the Yeats scholar PeterAllt, Simone de Beauvoir, Brendan Behan, the artist Christian Boltanski, Brian Boydell, Noam Chomsky, OisinKelly, the Belfast folk-singer FrankieMcPeake and Georges Pompidou.

BRIAN FARRINTON was born in Dublin in 1925. He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with a degree in Modern Languages in 1947 and spent sixteen years teaching in France, at first in lycées, the British Institute, Sciences Po and later at the ENS de Saint-Cloud. He was Senior Lecturer and Director of Language Centre, University ofAberdeen from1966 to 1990. He has published research articles ranging from Applied Linguistics to Teachingmaterials for French and an Essay onWB Yeats. (London, Connolly Publications, 1965). His poerty collections includeTheEmigrantof aHundredTownlands. (Dolmenpress,Dublin, 1968), Salt Suds forKeeps, (Koo press,Aberdeen, 2006).He currently lives inAberdeen with his wifeOlivia.

Author:

Brian Farrington

Category:

Memoir

Extent:

288 pages with b+w photographs

Size (H x W):

Paper 240mm x 170mm

ISBN SB:

978-1-905487-38-7

Price SB:

€13.99

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