1945- ; b. Co. Leitrim; married to David Marcus; ed. UCD; member of Workers
Party (later Communist Party of Ireland); disillusioned by repression
in Prague, 1968; taught at St. Louiss Convent School, Rathmines;
stories, The Lady with the Red Shoes (1980); Ellen (London:
Jonathan Cape 1986); A Singular Attraction (1987); All Fall
Down (1992); has illustrated works of Paula Meehan; Unholy Ghosts (Bloomsbury 1996), 256pp. FDA
Carlo Gébler, A child of history, review of Unholy Ghosts, in Times Literary Supplement (1 March 1996), p.24. See other reviews in Commentary, infra.
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Katie Donovan reviews Unholy Ghosts (Bloomsbury), in The Irish Times (23 Feb. 1996), Weekend, p.8: Belle Meyers memories repressed because of major
trauma; emigrated to Dublin from Post-War Germany; her grandmother Buba
dotes on Fr. Jack and easily converts to Catholicism (why?); factions
and rifts in Socialist Workers Party (paranoia was the only thing
that was to keep [them] together); her history teacher Mona McGrath;
Jewish boyfriend; non-Stalinist members try to distinguish their support
for the Hungarian Uprising from that for the Catholic Church; predictable
fate of McGrath who wants to walk into history; Belle decodes
family secrets, in melodramatic conclusion; clichéd ending (quotes):
in fact, truth, far from being universal, was something locked within
each individual heart.
Liam Carson, review, in Books Ireland (Sept.
1996): Daly has all the ingredient for a rich literary brew
- a Nazi past, political factionalism, sex, religion, madness, hypocrisy,
cowardice, betrayal - but gloriously screws up the blend. The real novel
lies in Belles familys guilty past, but Daly spends well half
the novel focusing on [her] flirtation with socialism ... cardboard ...
caricatures. [&c.]' (p.225.)
Aimez-vous Colette?, a story anthologised in David Marcus,
ed., Irish Love Stories, concerns a woman who comes to be an ageing
school-teaching spinsters through failing to take a love-opportunity with
a black man. (See review, ILS, Fall 1995, p.20).