Flesh and Blood | Book by Stephen McGann | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster UKAs not only a successful stage and screen actor himself but also the youngest of the well-known McGann brothers from Liverpool there is also a younger sister not "in the business" , Stephen McGann would be well-placed to write a showbiz autobiography, but he told audiences at this year's Edinburgh Book Festival that this didn't interest him. Instead, he has written a kind of autobiography that says a great deal more about its subject than the usual disposable kiss 'n' tell backstage backbiting and tittle tattle celebrity paperbacks by focusing on the writer's lifelong obsessions as much as the events in his life. From the age of 17, long before there was such thing as an online records search or online anything , he became interested in genealogy. In the book, he traces his own family back to Ireland at the time of the Potato Famine, then their escape to Liverpool many were trying to get to America via the English port , where they lived in appalling conditions and, though they were escaping death from starvation, were treated by the English as parasites and scroungers sound familiar? This is all well-researched and described in impressive detail, but this is more than a history book. It's the medical science that forms the structure of the book, as the subtitle suggests, with seven chapters each named after a particular malady, but each begins with a double-definition: one of the medical issue it immediately suggests; the other of a wider symbolic meaning. So the first chapter "Hunger" defines itself as both "a very great need for food, or a severe lack of it" and "a strong desire for something", and "Heart Problems" is as much about love and essence as it is about a malfunctioning organ.
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Enthralling depiction of working class Liverpool. Riveting book, clever. Books by Stephen McGann. I wasn't prepared for the emotional engagement of Flesh and Blood - this book is truly gripping and beautifully written.
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Stephen McGann will be well known to many for his acting roles over the years and most recently as Dr Turner in Call the Midwife. Stephen McGann has written about his McGann ancestors from the time when they left Ireland during the Potato Famine, following them through living in desperate poverty in Liverpool, living and fighting in the world wars, right through to his own life and career. I went to see Stephen McGann at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year as, having researched my own family, I was really interested in the sound of the book. My daughter also a Call the Midwife fan came too and this was one of her first book festival events. Stephen McGann was so enthusiastic about his subject and fascinating to listen to. As anyone who has ever researched their own family will tell you, these give only the bare bones and is the start of a very addictive process. There are always more questions than answers when you look at a document such as a birth or death record or follow a family through the census.
It's been on my shelf for a while, but he told audiences at this year's Edinburgh Book Festival that this didn't interest him. Really fascinating read? As not only a successful stage and screen actor himself but also the youngest of the well-known McGann brothers from Liverpool there is also a younger sister not "in the business"and I'm glad I got round to it. Wonderful book. That adn you're andd super fan of the McGann's or filled with passion for family research this may well be for you.
I found this a very intelligently written book, and very fascinating. Technical terms are explained fully, and this book gives a great insight into what was a tragic potato-famine in Ireland, and then Liverpool through the 20th century, with details of exactly what life was like for Stephen's family. This was a book I could not put down, and I would strongly recommend it to anyone, but especially to those who enjoy the trials, tribulations and joys of a family through the ages, or are interest in genealogy. Verified purchase: Yes Condition: new Sold by: wordery. Riveting book, clever, highly emotional and beautifully told.