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Festival 1, 2, 3 Cultures... "La Correspondance dans tous ses états"

Rencontre avec Eliza Pakenham

Soldier, Sailor: An Intimate Portrait of an Irish Family (2007) tells the story of the Napoleonic generation of Eliza Pakenham's ancestors. Using the voices of mothers, sons, wives and daughters it looks at the French wars through the eyes of a family intimately connected with Bonaparte's conqueror - Kitty Pakenham waited thirteen years before marrying the Duke of Wellington. The vivacious letters of their novelist neighbour Maria Edgeworth bring a sparkle of comedy to the very human tale of those living through extraordinary times. Eliza Pakenham lives in Dublin and Westmeath.

Image : Eliza Pakenham Photo ©Alex Chisholm