David Profumo

Life of O’Brien

Flann O'Brien: An Illustrated Biography

By Peter Costello and Peter van de Kamp

Bloomsbury 159pp £14.95 order from our bookshop

He was born in Paddington station, became tutor to Einstein, honorary valet to the Duke of Edinburgh, and President of Ireland. He was had up for smuggling and was a musical genius. He was born in Paris in 1891, ‘a connoisseur of potheen and stirabout’. For almost twenty-five years he contributed a column to the Irish Times, and his name was Myles na gCopaleen. In the boozers of Dublin still dwells his spirit.

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