George A. Birmingham
James Owen Hannay was an Irish clergyman who wrote dozens of novels, stories and plays under the pen name "George A. Birmingham." General John Regan is a sharp satirical play about a charming huckster who spearheads a campaign to honor a purported local hero by erecting a statue in his honor in the small Irish village of his birth. The drama hit too close to home when it was first staged in Ireland—locals rioted to protest the perceived...
Irish writer James Owen Hannay wrote under the pen name "George A. Birmingham," in part to keep his literary career distinct from his work as a clergyman. This delightful romp presents a charming account of a summer beach vacation in Ireland—and a grudging friendship that unexpectedly blossoms into something more.
At the turn of the twentieth century, Ireland was a maelstrom of political and sectoral conflict, and with the publication of his novel Hyacinth, the Church of Ireland clergyman James Owen Hannay (who wrote under the pen name George A. Birmingham) stepped right into the middle of the controversy. Focusing on the life story of a young Protestant boy who grows up surrounded by Catholics, the novel attempts to add a human dimension to the ongoing...
Immerse yourself in the past and learn more about the roots of the struggle between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. in this engrossing historical novel from George A. Birmingham. The Northern Iron is set in Ireland during the tumultuous period of transition between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but it sheds light on the bloody battles that would persist in the region for hundreds of years.
James Owen Hannay, the Irish clergyman, who wrote under the pseudonym "George A. Birmingham," began his literary career with a novel that addressed sensitive political matters in a serious manner. After that approach landed him in hot water in his native Ireland, Hannay adopted a new approach: he continued to talk about important issues, but in a humorous, lighthearted way. In Gossamer, Hannay mercilessly skewers the flimflammery of international...
This humorous romp of a novel introduces readers to one Lalage Beresford, one of the most delightful female characters of early twentieth-century literature. Spirited and independent, Lalage forces herself into every firestorm and controversy she can, and ultimately finds herself a key figure in a closely watched campaign for Parliament.
"George A. Birmingham" was the pen name of James Owen Hannay, an Irish clergymen who wrote novels in his spare time. The Simpkins Plot is a fun, whimsical tale about a case of mistaken identity—and the havoc it wreaks in a small Irish community full of quirky, one-of-a-kind characters.
With the memoir A Padre in France, Irish clergyman James Owen Hannay, who used the pseudonym "George A. Birmingham", takes a break from the humorous political satires that were his typical stock in trade. Still, Hannay's characteristic wit and lighthearted take on life shine through in this firsthand account of his stint as a chaplain during World War I.
This fast-paced novel is a fun, frivolous read about a quintessentially American girl, Daisy Donovan, whose chief aim in life is to become a queen. Through a series of far-fetched coincidences and circumstances, her hopes come to pass, and Daisy is enthroned as the ruler of a tiny, out-of-the-way island community called Megalia. But before long, the queen finds herself at the center of an international crisis. Will she emerge unscathed and continue...
The first few novels by James Owen Hannay, an Irish clergyman, who wrote under the name "George A. Birmingham," caused a national controversy and nearly imploded his career in the church when Catholics accused him of bigotry. Perhaps in response to this, Hannay's literary style changed to focus more on humor. The Red Hand of Ulster addresses the rift between Protestants and Catholics in Ireland with lighthearted humor and wit.
"George A. Birmingham" was one of the pen names used by James Owen Hannay, a lifelong Church of Ireland minister who also wrote novels and short stories. The tales collected in Our Casualty and Other Stories have a strong sense of place and are brimming with colorful Irish culture; many of the stories also have a military cast of characters.
12) Lady Bountiful
This highly eclectic volume of tales will please connoisseurs of wit and satire. The first half of the book is dedicated to one-off short stories that skewer the pretensions and airs of various characters. The second half is dedicated to an interlinked series of sharply satiric tales following the triumphs and tribulations of a deposed king.
13) The Search Party
Irish clergyman James Owen Hannay penned dozens of novels over the course of his career, many of which were published under the pseudonym George A. Birmingham. In the uproarious satire The Search Party, an unhinged anarchist settles in a small Irish community, setting off a series of increasingly ridiculous events.