Luard – a woman with a strong and resolute character – as the victim of propaganda; and yet, like other members of her class, she was steeped in the values of her time – values that emphasised valour, self-sacrifice, and service to the British Empire.21 In 1915, when the First World War was still in its early stages, Luard published her first memoir. Her book was compiled from a series of ‘journal’ entries written for her family, and mailed home to Birch Rectory. Luard had been an avid letter-writer since first leaving home, addressing her frequent letters sometimes

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do I  fear them’ (my translation). Voltaire, Le Siècle de Louis XIV (1751) (Paris: Livre de Poche, 2005), p. 654. 5 Philip Benedict, The Faith and Fortunes of France’s Huguenots, 1600–85 (Aldershot:  Ashgate, 2001), pp.  60–95. Nicolas Lamoignon de Basville, Mémoires secrets de Lamoignon de Basville, intendant du Languedoc … (Montpellier:  Bureaux d’abonnement des chroniques de Langeudoc, 1877), p. 3a. Briggs, Early Modern France, pp. 16, 116. 6 Clarke Garrett, Origins of the Shakers: From the Old World to the New World (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press

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 Drank to Forget; Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story; 24 242 Conclusion Augusten Burroughs, Dry: A Memoir; Alan Kaufman, Drunken Angel; Jowita Bydlowska, Drunken Mum:  A Memoir; Rachel Black, Sober is the New Black: A Then and Now Account of Life Beyond Booze.10 And then as well there are memoirs designed as self-​help books:  Veronica Valli, an addictions therapist and recovering alcoholic, Why You Drink and How to Stop: A Journey to Freedom. Jason Vale in Kick the Drink … Easily! argues that there is no such thing as an alcoholic, and here’s how to give it up

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. When the Lettres, mémoires et négotiations particulières du chevalier d’Eon were published in 1764, all envoys thought its author mad for revealing the workings of Louis XV’s secret service, and the corps diplomatique in London made ‘Cause Commune to address the Crown to protect them against such Libels’. This constituted nothing less than a request for the creation of a new form of diplomatic immunity, which is to say the imposition of British censorship upon foreign-language publications dealing with the confidential details of diplomatic practice. When this

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that ‘lesser’ genres like memoir, satire, and secret history were frequently and self-consciously mobilized as vehicles for historical representation, but also that these forms often stood at the forefront of historiographical practice, introducing subjects and strategies that were subsequently reflected in the formal histories of the period. To conclude, I want to return to

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Modernity and the recuperation of migrant memory in the writing of Hugo Hamilton

12 Irish multicultural epiphanies: modernity and the recuperation of ­migrant memory in the writing of Hugo Hamilton Jason King At the height of the Irish economic boom on St. Patrick’s Day 2007, the Irish Times editorialised that ‘we are all the speckled people today. Confident, wealthy, forward-looking, internationalist, we can afford to define our identity in terms that celebrate our overlapping multiplicity of allegiances and diversity’ (Anon., 2007). In its allusion to Hugo Hamilton’s memoir The Speckled People (2003), the newspaper envisioned the author as

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profiles. Also in this section, we discuss the memoir of Mario Magri, whose Rocambolesque adventures push to the extreme the dramatic potential of the flight attempts by his contemporaries, Lussu, Rosselli and Nitti. We organise the remainder of the discussion around writers who don’t conform to the standard models, whether of the dramatic ‘escape from Lipari’ variety or the more prosaic handcuffs, train ride, and surveillance variety. These authors resist the received wisdom according to which Lussu, Nitti, and Rosselli teach us all we need to know about internal

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(largely journalistic) claim that national service would ‘sort out’ today’s youth.106 In a letter accompanying the deposit of his 2003 unpublished memoir in the National Army Museum, former national serviceman Ron Laver stated that: ‘I agree it is a pity that some of national service is not now in force –​ today’s youngsters are the losers[.] … I have always believed –​I am better man for having been given the opportunity to play a very small part in the history of the British Army.’107 It is important not to use these memoirs to paint a wholly positive picture of the

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individuals while ignoring others, in order to support a specific conclusion. Drawn from real life, the author of the narrative provides his own meaning for the lived experience that may be a tale he tells to his family, a portion of his memoir or a novel about war. Similarly, the author draws from life events in order to create fictional narratives that rely on similar literary archetypes that are employed when telling a tale, writing a memoir or penning a novel. White argues that human beings are predisposed to organize factual details into coherent narrative wholes in

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activities on which they are based. Narration and the self The arrival on the booksellers’ shelves since 1990 of a number of autobiographic ‘escape’ narratives is testimony both to the act of migration and the act of writing about it. Indeed, the autobiography theorist Nancy K Miller ( 2002 ) observes that ‘the nineties […] saw the spectacular rise of the memoir

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