History Books

Bowen, Elizabeth: The Shelbourne - a centre in Dublin life for more than a century (15520)

Vintage 2001
8vo paperback 163 pages VG++ 150 gms
(Order reference 15520)

Elizabeth Bowen takes us on a tour through the history of the famous Dublin landmark, the Shelbourne Hotel, in this evocative account of Irish life. Looking out on Dublin as if from the windows of the Shelbourne, and then turning inward to witness the impact of events on the hotel, its guests and staff, Bowen paints a picture of what was, in the hotel's earlier days, the second city of the Empire, then the battleground of Irish independence and civil strife, and eventually the capital of a republic.