At 20 Londoner Ann Ingle fell madly in love with an Irish fellow she met on holiday in Cornwall. At the church to arrange their shotgun wedding she discovered that he hadn’t even told her his real name.
Sixty-odd years later Ann looks back and considers what she has learned from the life that followed – bringing eight children into the world, their father’s years of mental illness and tragic death at 40, being a cash-strapped single mother in 1980s Dublin, coming into her own in her middle years – going to college, working and writing, and continuing to evolve and learn into her ninth decade, even as she accepts the realities of being ‘old’.
Candid about everything that matters – love, sex, heartbreak, money, class, religion, mental health, rearing children (and letting them go), reading and writing, ageing – Openhearted is a compelling story about living life in a spirit of curiosity and delight and with a willingness to look for good in others.
Originally from London, Ann Ingle has lived in Dublin since the 1960s and is a mother of eight. In 2018, she co-wrote Driven, the memoir of motorsport legend Rosemary Smith, which was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award. Her memoir Openhearted was published by Sandycove in 2021.