Irene Iddesleigh

Amanda McKittrick ROS (1860 - 1939)


Amanda McKittrick Ros, a Northern Irish writer, did for the novel what William McGonagall did for poetry and Florence Foster Jenkins for the coloratura voice. She published a number of novels (all at her own expense) and in addition to being a novelist was a poet, her best known being Visiting Westminster Abbey which begins:

Holy Moses!
Take a look!
Flesh decayed in every nook!
Some rare bits of brain lie here,
Mortal loads of beef and beer.

The best account of her life available on the web is probably http://oddbooks.co.uk/amanda/life.html. C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and The Inklings were admirers and held competitions to see who could read her work for the longest time whist keeping a straight face. Sadly, all her books are now out of print but command high prices on the rare books market.

Irene Iddesleigh, her first book, is a romantic novel, telling the common story of an unhappy, doomed marriage. The prose style however is unique. (Summary by AJM)

Genre(s): Romance, Published 1800 -1900

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Chapter I Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:04:36
Play 02 02 - Chapter II Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:09:08
Play 03 03 - Chapter III Kara Shallenberg
00:06:16
Play 04 04 - Chapter IV Kara Shallenberg
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Play 05 05 - Chapter V Sarika Pawar
00:10:59
Play 06 06 - Chapter VI Andy Minter (1934-2017)
00:12:03
Play 07 07 - Chapter VII TriciaG
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Play 08 08 - Chapter VIII TriciaG
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Play 09 09 - Chapter IX ToddHW
00:06:55
Play 10 10 - Chapter X ToddHW
00:13:09
Play 11 11 - Chapter XI Chuck Williamson
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Play 12 12 - Chapter XII Chuck Williamson
00:23:20
Play 13 13 - Chapter XIII A. J. Carroll
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Play 14 14 - Chapter XIV A. J. Carroll
00:13:55
Play 15 15 - Chapter XV Patti Cunningham
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Play 16 16 - Chapter XVI Patti Cunningham
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Play 17 17 - Chapter XVII Patti Cunningham
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Play 18 18 - Chapter XVIII Andy Minter (1934-2017)
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Play 19 19 - Chapter XIX Andy Minter (1934-2017)
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