How Un­cle Paddy made

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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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