Mary Mc Aleese Here's The Story: A Memoir

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Author: Mary McAleese

Date Published: 24-Sep-2020

When a young Mary McAleese told a priest that she planned to become a lawyer, the priest dismissed the idea: she knew no one in the law, and she was female. The reality of what she went on to achieve - despite those obstacles, and despite a sectarian attack that forced her family to flee their home - is even more improbable. In this luminous memoir, Mary McAleese traces that astonishing arc: from the tight streets of north Belfast, to a professorship in Dublin while still in her twenties, behind-the-scenes work on the peace process and two triumphant terms as President of Ireland. She writes of her encounters with prime ministers, popes and royalty with the same easy candour and intimacy with which she describes her childhood. Moreover, the account of the latest act in her remarkable career - quietly pursuing a doctorate, and loudly opposing the misogyny of the Church - is inspiring. Here's the Story is warm, witty, often surprising and relentlessly fascinating: an extraordinary intimate memoir by one of the most remarkable public figures of our time.

About the Author
Mary McAleese was born in Belfast in 1951. In 1975 she was appointed Reid Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin, and in 1987 she became Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's University Belfast. She was elected President of Ireland in 1997, and re-elected unopposed in 2004. Since stepping down as President in 2011, she has earned a PhD in canon law while emerging as a forceful critic of the institutional Church's misogyny.
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A fascinating story and well worth the read -- Diarmaid Ferriter * Irish Times *
Riveting ... A fiercely urgent reminder to the world - and the Government - that peace must never be sacrificed for politics * Telegraph *
I was enthralled and absorbed by this memoir ... Riveting -- Mary O'Rourke * Sunday Independent *
Artful, entertaining and often enlightening - one of the few memoirs by a senior Irish office-holder that's actually worth reading * Sunday Times *
What an incredible life lived by an outstanding role model. I ate this book up -- Sinead Moriarty
Full of conviction and isn't afraid of plain speaking ... Priests, popes, paramilitaries and Ian Paisley are all held to account * Herald Scotland *
[A] chatty, provocative and embraceable biography * RTE Guide *
Excellent -- Matt Cooper * Irish Daily Mail *
Compelling ... Displays many of the qualities that made her such a popular president * Business Post *
An immensely readable effort from that rarest of figures - a politician you actually like and admire * Hot Press *
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