by Tony Wailey - £7.99 Writing on the Wall (2020)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781910580462 | ISBN 10: 1910580465
Researching a family history can't erase the facts that what you don't really know and try to set down you'll never really know. The facts are like emigre' years, seen through the haze of distance, with blurred lines and distorted perspectives like beads of rain through a blanket of mist.
Even without the huge dispersals, the families of Liverpool are drawn to some degree part of the city's longue duree of passed messages and quickened diurnal hours.
"We couldn't be more pleased that Tony chose Writing on the Wall to publish The Diary of the Smyth Wailey's. Tony's work always concerns the sea, the dreams and change it engenders, now he explores how his own family tree took to the water, its branches spreading across the ocean to the New World, and in doing so recovers them, even when they have been lost without trace, and discovers himself, and once again, Liverpool, his city that is always 'another place'."
(Mike Morris and Madeline Heneghan, Co-Directors, Writing on the Wall)
(Price & availability last checked: March 2021)