Beyond the Ghibli by Vicki Crowley

20151203_160034Charlie Byrne's has received signed copies of local visual artist Vicki Crowley's unique memoir Beyond the Ghibli. A poignant and candid description of her life's experiences this is a memoir not to be missed. From the first sentence of the introduction, " I never liked my mother's house in Fgura," the reader's attention is held by a direct and down to earth narrative that brings us from Malta to England,  through Africa and back to Europe and finally ending in the West of Ireland.Born in Malta in November 1940 during World War II, the author was called Victoria in the hope of victory. The hospital was bombed shortly after her mother and she was discharged. The book is basically in two parts, the first in which the author recounts her life as Victoria Xuereb, her youth in Malta, her education in England before moving to Africa where her family were reunited. Her life changed dramatically when, emerging from a sand storm and taking shelter she met a young Irish engineer and shortly afterwards became Vicki Crowley.As Don Crowley's work moved all over Africa, Vicki had often to change domicile first with one child, then two children, ending up having to do it with four. On one occasion, for their own safety, they had to leave a country suddenly during a coup d'état. Eventually the family returned to the West of Ireland, where she still lives and has published one volume of  poetry and established herself locally as a well-known artist.Beyond the Ghibli is a celebration of life and more especially the life of a woman, wife and mother despite the continuous movement from country to country with four young children, often under difficult circumstances. Ostensibly written as a tribute to her mother, the narrative bears testament to the courage and resilience of women and mothers world-wide.A refreshing and delightful read which has been receiving much positive attention in the media, signed copies of Beyond the Ghibli are available at Charlie Byrne's for only €20. Not to be missed, to find out more or reserve a copy, simply contact us.