Breakfast the Night Before
Recollections of an Irish Horse Dealer
By: Marjorie Quarton
Breakfast the Night Before: Recollections of an Irish Horse Dealer by Marjorie Quarton
This sparkling memoir gives a personal view of Irish rural life from the Economic War of the 1930s to the farming boom and recession of the 1970s. It describes the upbringing of a Protestant only child on a farm near Nenagh in north Tipperary-an idyll interrupted by school in Dublin during the 1940s. Taking over the farm on her father’s death, working the land and animals (dogs, sheep, horses, cattle), the author recounts with great humour, acuity and poignancy her dealings, from the age of seventeen, at fairs throughout the country-Limerick, Kilrush, Cahirmee, Thurles, Ballinasloe, Spancilhill, Clonmel-a lone woman in a man’s world.
With rare brio and eye for character, incident and idiosyncrasy, Marjorie Quarton lovingly documents a world of country people, eccentric relatives, home cures and recipes, and unaffected living. Breakfast the Night Before is both entertaining and enduring.
“I defy anyone, even the non-horsy minded, to dip into Breakfast the Night Before and put it down without reading to the end. This special blend of humour crosses the divides of age, sex, religion and social standing.” —The Irish Times
“It makes riveting reading and I was desperately disappointed when I reached the final page all too soon. Marjorie Quarton is a natural storyteller.” —Grania Willis, The Irish Field
“Mrs Quarton writes with wit. Her experiences are related in a lovely, dry style which does not conceal her deep love for horses and understanding of that strange animal which is the human being. Breakfast the Night Before is a passport to another world that anyone can enjoy, and I recommend it highly.” —Morgan Llwelyn, author of Lion of Ireland and The Horse Goddess
‘Plenty [of] information, great characters and lively scenes make this a good read for anyone who wants a look at the past in Ireland.’ – Customer review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marjorie Quarton, née Smethwick, was born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary in 1930 and educated in Dublin. Her novels include Renegade (1991), Corporal Jack (1988) and No Harp Like My Own (1987). She has written short stories, children’s books and standard works on border collies and other animals. Her memoir Breakfast the Night Before was published by Lilliput in 2000. Read more here.