At 20 Londoner Ann Ingle fell madly in love with an Irish fellow she met on
holiday in Cornwall. At the church to arrange their shotgun wedding she
discovered that he hadn't even told her his real name.
Sixty-odd years later Ann looks back on that first glorious fall and in a series of
essays considers what she has learned from the life that followed - bringing
eight children into the world, their father's years of mental illness and tragic
death at 40, being a cash-strapped single mother in 1980s Dublin, coming into
her own in her middle years - going to college, working and writing, and
continuing to evolve and learn into her ninth decade, even as she accepts the
realities of being 'old'.
Candid about everything that matters - love, sex, heartbreak, money, class,
religion, mental health, rearing children (and letting them go), reading and
writing, ageing - Openhearted is a compelling story about living life in a spirit of
curiosity and delight and with a willingness to look for good in others.
Originally from London, Ann Ingle has lived in Dublin since the 1960s and is a
mother of eight. In 2018, she co-wrote Driven, the memoir of motorsport legend
Rosemary Smith, which was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award.
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