"Growing Up So High is a vivid account
of a boyhood lived forward (at the
breakneck speed with which any
physically active, intellectually curious
boy embraces life) and understood backwards by a grown man.
To open any page at random is to be instantly swept up in a swirling cornucopia of the sounds, sights and sensations of his childhood, all rendered as fresh as
when first experienced...
O'Connor's memory of vanished shops,
slang expressions and street characters
is so strong that here is a memoir for any lover of Dublin folklore to test their