Magazine article The Spectator

In Fleet Street's Fast Lane

Magazine article The Spectator

In Fleet Street's Fast Lane

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Something of Myself and Others

by Mary Kenny

Liberties Press, �12.99, pp. 217,

ISBN 9781907593826

Spectator Bookshop, �11.69

In her early days on Fleet Street, Mary Kenny, as she herself admits, was cast as 'the wild Irish girl', and did her best to live up to it. She held her own with the drinkers at El Vino's, gave new meaning to the phrase 'talking about Uganda' when discovered in flagrante with an African lawyer, and later rode the 'condom train' to flout Ireland's contraception laws.

Some of these stories surface in her memoir, Something of Myself and Others;

others she draws a veil over, with a Catholic reticence of which her mother would doubtless have approved. Or perhaps she simply cannot remember them all. 'Like much of my misspent youth I have no recollection whatsoever of where we went or what we did, ' she says at one point. …

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