Literature faculty member Annabel Davis-Goff’s evocative memoir, Walled Gardens: Scenes from an Irish Childhood, was re-released this June by travel literature publisher Eland Press—marking the first time a paperback version of the book has been available in the U.S. Full of rich sketches from her childhood in the south of Ireland in the 1940s and 50s, Davis-Goff’s book was published to much praise in 1989 and has been in print continuously since.
The New York Times contributor Michael Pakenham described Walled Gardens as “graceful, brave, apt anecdotes of family and self….The book’s joys, lean and simple, are the wordless chant of survival.” John Keegan of the Daily Telegraph wrote: “Her narrative has a quality of brilliant social anthropology…she writes with delicacy of touch and beauty of style.”
Davis-Goff is also as the author of the novels The Dower House, This Cold Country, and The Fox’s Walk. All three novels were dubbed "notable books" by The New York Times. She has written for television and films, as well as for various magazines. She is also the editor of The Literary Companion to Gambling. Davis-Goff has taught at Bennington since 2004.