How Uncle Paddy made
Charlotte Bronte Published by Smith, Elder & Co.
IWAS about 10 years old and up until then I had read Enid Blyton and the like and possibly a bit of Jane Austen. My uncle Paddy, Paddy Gleeson, gave me a hardback copy of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It was the first time I ever got a hardback book with a sleeve. I remember it was green. I loved books and really enjoyed the fact that I had this very adult-looking book — it made me feel very grown up. It wasn’t my birthday, or Christmas, and it was the only book he ever gave me. I don’t know why he gave it to me. I don’t think he was a great reader but I always was, even as a small child and maybe he saw that in me.
I was a fast reader and I read this quickly. I grew up on a farm in Drangan, South Tipp, a small village. The Bronte sisters grew up in rural Yorkshire and they were clearly im-
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