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Donkey’s Years

Donkey’s Years
  • Donkey's Years by Aidan Higgins


Donkey’s Years is the first volume of memoirs from one of Ireland’s greatest writers, Aidan Higgins. Displaying the wit, sensuality and highly personal style that makes him such a distinct and classic wordsmith, Higgins lays bare his account of his early years growing up Co. Kildare until the time of his family’s eventual economic decline.

Donkey’s Years serves as a literary and sensuous rendering of one man’s life and the forces that compelled him towards a life of letters.


‘Higgin’s portrait of himself and of his people, embedded in the boggy terrain of history, class, and collective memory, is one of the finest in literature’ – Boston Globe

‘Leaving down Donkey’s Years at four in the morning after one straight reading I felt exhilarated…Read it and see. Few books inspire like this’ – Dermot Healy

‘A wondrously evocative masterpiece…a curmudgeonly, lachrymal, comic Hibernian delight’ – Spectator


Aidan Higgins


B-format, paperback





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Weight .333 g
Dimensions .198 x .129 x .30 mm


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