Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies - Stephen McGann - Google книгиHe began his professional career in , starring in the West End musical Yakety Yak. He has since worked extensively in British theatre and on screen. He has portrayed Doctor Turner since the very first episode of the series. He is married to the writer Heidi Thomas. Stephen McGann.
Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Sicknesses by Stephen McGann
His ancestors settled in poverty-rife Victorian Liverpool, working to survive and thrive. Some of them became soldiers serving on the Western Front. He would testify at the inquest. This is their story. Health is the motivational antagonist in the drama of our life story - circumscribing the extent of our actions, the quality of our character and the breadth of our ambition. Our maladies are the scribes that write the restless and mutating genome of our self-identity.
My first question was: if they were poor and Irish, why did they come over here, to Liverpool? Why am I an immigrant? Then I realised it was a posh name for starvation. He solemnly promised his ancestors he would find out more about the history of the McGanns. Fast-forward 37 years and we are discussing Flesh and Blood , the odd page book that finally fulfils that solemn promise.
As not only a successful stage and screen actor himself but also the youngest of the well-known McGann brothers from Liverpool there is also a younger sister not "in the business" , Stephen McGann would be well-placed to write a showbiz autobiography, but he told audiences at this year's Edinburgh Book Festival that this didn't interest him. Instead, he has written a kind of autobiography that says a great deal more about its subject than the usual disposable kiss 'n' tell backstage backbiting and tittle tattle celebrity paperbacks by focusing on the writer's lifelong obsessions as much as the events in his life. From the age of 17, long before there was such thing as an online records search or online anything , he became interested in genealogy. In the book, he traces his own family back to Ireland at the time of the Potato Famine, then their escape to Liverpool many were trying to get to America via the English port , where they lived in appalling conditions and, though they were escaping death from starvation, were treated by the English as parasites and scroungers sound familiar? This is all well-researched and described in impressive detail, but this is more than a history book. It's the medical science that forms the structure of the book, as the subtitle suggests, with seven chapters each named after a particular malady, but each begins with a double-definition: one of the medical issue it immediately suggests; the other of a wider symbolic meaning.