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Old 16-12-2008, 06:12 PM
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Default Does anyone remember the name of a Leaving Cert English Prose book -early 80's?

I am trying to track down an English prose book which was on for the Leaving Cert course in the early/mid 80's and possibly before that. It had essays by various writers and one in particular I would like to re-read was about New Year's Eve.
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Old 16-12-2008, 06:31 PM
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I had one in the mid 90's called Soundings. Have tired to get it since but with no luck.
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Old 16-12-2008, 06:40 PM
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was it exploring english? there were three of them, one poetry, one prose and the other short stories.

maybe they were for the inter cert though?

soundings... didn't that have a white and green cover?

and if you google soundings there are loads of people looking for a copy.
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Old 16-12-2008, 06:41 PM
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Soundings was a poetry book... don't remember a prose book.... Inter Cert had Exploring English 1,2, & 3... one was poetry, another prose and last one of short stories..
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Old 16-12-2008, 06:42 PM
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Posted same time as Woodbine.....
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Old 16-12-2008, 06:44 PM
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Soundings and Exploring English were the same book for poetry.
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Old 16-12-2008, 06:47 PM
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I had one in the mid 90's called Soundings. Have tired to get it since but with no luck.
OT I know but Soundings is one of those books to last a lifetime. In the mid 90s I used my uncle's copy from the early seventies! All those notes were a lifesaver!
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Old 16-12-2008, 07:22 PM
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Google "New Years Eve" by Charles Lambe might be the one you are looking for.
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Old 17-12-2008, 08:37 AM
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Soundings and Exploring English were the same book for poetry.
No they weren't. As Di74 and Woodbine say, the three Exploring English books were for Inter Cert; Soundings was the Leaving Cert poetry anthology (which I sold after the LC, only to purchase a new copy a few years later - it really was a fantastic book).
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Old 17-12-2008, 08:40 AM
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AgathaC, I bet it was The Art of English C4.

C'mon - am I right or am I right??
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Old 17-12-2008, 09:09 AM
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If I recall the book was just called "an anthology of prose", it had a dark blue cover and was a very thick book (with very thin paper!). The book was compiled and printed specifically for Leaving Cert and matriculation exams. Might even still have it lurking about in an attic somewhere - will have a look tonight and report back!
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Old 17-12-2008, 09:16 AM
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Def 'Soundings' there were two, one was poetry and the other prose.
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Old 17-12-2008, 09:37 AM
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Wasn't New vistas in English by any chance?
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Old 17-12-2008, 02:28 PM
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I'm almost sure it was Soundings. Exploring English was the one with short stories from Frank O Connor etc
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Old 17-12-2008, 03:08 PM
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If I recall the book was just called "an anthology of prose", it had a dark blue cover and was a very thick book (with very thin paper!)
I remember that one alright. I did my Leaving in 1983 and honours English was a torturous experience !
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Old 17-12-2008, 05:08 PM
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Update!
I have the copy of the prose book I mentioned earlier in front of me (ok, I know, I'm a hoarder!).
It's called "New Senior Prose - Matriculation and Leaving Certificate Prose" and was edited/compiled by James J Carey B.A., H.D.E. (to give the full title!).

And as Ann1 correctly identified earlier, the story in the book which fits the description is "New Year's Eve" by Charles Lambe.

Sorry, I don't have a copy of Soundings, as I had the alternative (cheaper!) book printed by Folens!!
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Old 17-12-2008, 05:29 PM
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well after all this wink and elbow language of delightful english chat i had to go check my bookshelves where i was surprised by joy to find a lovely copy of Soundings that i remembered buying at a car boot sale a few years ago.

now i just need an hour spare to enjoy it. there will be time, there will be time....

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Old 17-12-2008, 08:30 PM
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Update!
I have the copy of the prose book I mentioned earlier in front of me (ok, I know, I'm a hoarder!).
It's called "New Senior Prose - Matriculation and Leaving Certificate Prose" and was edited/compiled by James J Carey B.A., H.D.E. (to give the full title!).

And as Ann1 correctly identified earlier, the story in the book which fits the description is "New Year's Eve" by Charles Lambe.

Sorry, I don't have a copy of Soundings, as I had the alternative (cheaper!) book printed by Folens!!
Thanks a million everyone, that's the one alright gipimann! I did read the piece online suggested by Ann1 so I am happy with that. I doubt if I would ever find the book to buy but at least now I know the name. Thanks again everyone-lots of good memories of the various books mentioned.
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Old 17-12-2008, 08:43 PM
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No they weren't. As Di74 and Woodbine say, the three Exploring English books were for Inter Cert; Soundings was the Leaving Cert poetry anthology (which I sold after the LC, only to purchase a new copy a few years later - it really was a fantastic book).
I'm fairly sure that Soundings and the poetry edition of Exploring English were for the same course, my brother was a year ahead of me and he had a new EE book and I had a handmedown copy of Soundings, which was great at it had notes on each of the poems that generally helped with homework and exams.
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Old 18-12-2008, 09:21 AM
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I'm fairly sure that Soundings and the poetry edition of Exploring English were for the same course, my brother was a year ahead of me and he had a new EE book and I had a handmedown copy of Soundings, which was great at it had notes on each of the poems that generally helped with homework and exams.
Exploring English 1, 2 and 3 (edited by Augustine Martin) were absolutely definitely inter cert textbooks. It's possible that there were later books in the series for Leaving Cert but I didn't encounter those.

But you may be referring to the new "Exploring English" series? If you're too young to have done the Inter Cert (as opposed to the Junior Cert, I mean, rather than suggesting you're about 14!), then we're probably just talking at cross-purposes.
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