Kat Wolfe on Thin Ice / Lauren St John
“Stately, plump Buck Mulligan”, the opening words of Ulysses, James Joyce’s acclaimed masterpiece. Oliver St John Gogarty, on whom “Buck Mulligan” was modelled, felt himself traduced. “Joyce has written a book that can be read on all the lavatory walls of Dublin.”
Issued on the centenary of the publication of Ulysses, this biography of the author’s grandfather aspires to redress Joyce’s wilful misrepresentation of his former friend and benefactor.