Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Ulster: A Journey


Serendipity is "the gift for finding valuable objects of art etc by chance", according to my treasured Nuttall's dictionary.

In this case, it was a modest, second-hand paperback book: Ulster: A Journey Through The Six Counties, by Robin Bryans.

We were staying at a hotel in Puerto Pollensa, Majorca, in 2004.

In the residents' lounge there was a shelf containing magazines and books which other residents weren't taking home with them, and I discovered this wonderful little paperback.

Its origin was the Norfolk County Library, of all places!

It was dated the 10th January, 1992, and stamped "Withdrawn For Sale, 30p".

This isn't  really a guidebook: it's an anecdotal travel book, the author's personal and intimate journey through some exceptionally interesting parts of the Province.

Bryans had a wonderful way with words, to the extent that much of his prose sounds poetic in its composition, if that's not a contradiction in itself.

It was first published in 1964, though my edition is dated 1989.

It's always a joy to read it; in fact I'm reading it again at the moment!

I must look out for some more of his books.

First published in March, 2010.

2 comments :

Rex Hunter said...

I think the cover is loosely based on the view down to Trassey Bridge in the Mournes from the main road out of Newcastle, not far past Tollymore. What about some extracts : your favourite bits ?

Rex Hunter said...

have just found a website dedicated to Robin Bryans www.robinbryans.net ! A.k.a Robert Harbinson, his dates are 1928 - 2005 and he led a very varied and adventurous life. An East Belfast man originally ( like so many distinguished figures )