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Mary Kenny


Nationality:    Irish
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Mary Kenny is an author, journalist and broadcaster, well known on both sides of the Irish Sea. She is the biographer of William Joyce, Lord Haw-Haw - her biography, Germany Calling, was described as "an absorbingly elegant study" in The Guardian, and "an enthralling biography. . .[which] brings a humanity to a demonised figure" by The Irish Times. It is in the process of being made into a feature film by Haas-Silver-Levene Productions with Giovanni Ribosi as Haw-Haw. Mary has also written the biographical essay on Lord Haw-Haw for the Macmillan Encyclopaedia of Europe, to be published later in 2006. Mary Kenny was born in Dublin, the youngest of four, went to convent school - and left school at 16 - lived in France, became a reporter on the London Evening Standard and moved back to Ireland where she was a founder-member of a ground-breaking Irish feminist movement in 1970 (which also produced Mary Robinson, subsequently President of Ireland). Later, Kenny returned to London, but she still spends part of her working life in Dublin. In the 1990s, she graduated with a mature degree in French studies at Birkbeck College, London University. She has published several books on themes of feminism, social history and the culture of religion, and contributed to over twenty-five newspapers and periodicals in Britain, Ireland and the United States. In recent years she has specialised in the social history of Ireland in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1997 she published a social history of Ireland, Goodbye to Catholic Ireland which the Irish writer William Trevor chose as his book of the year. In 2005 she published "allegiance", a playtext about the strange bond struck between Winston Churchill and Michael Collins when they spent a night carousing together in 1921. Mary Kenny is married to the writer Richard West and they have two adult sons, Patrick and Edward West, both of whom are journalists. Mary appears in the 2006 edition of Who's Who.

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Allegiance - Winston Churchill And Michael Collins

Allegiance - Winston Churchill And Michael Collins

Irish writer and historian Mary Kenny's dramatised interpretation of the unlikely friendship between arch-Imperialist Statesman Winston Churchill and Irish rebel Michael Collins. Meeting in 1921 when Collins was sent to London for secret negotiations with the British government, the two instinctively disliked each other until one night Churchill invited the Sein Fein leader to his home for a drink. Here Kenny captures the uneasy respect between two giants of anglo-Irish history.


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