"The Autobiography of a Liverpool Irish Slummy" is a classic tale of working class life in Liverpool at the turn of the twentieth century. Born, in 1901, into abject poverty in the slums of the city's south docks, Pat O'Mara chronicles a tough childhood dominated by a brutal, alcoholic father. Survival is paramount and there is no room for sentimentality in this remarkable account of one man's fight to escape from the drabness and violence of everyday life."The Autobiography of a Liverpool Irish Slummy" was first published to critical acclaim in New York, in 1933. There are pitifully few accounts of slum life written by those who inhabited them and Pat O'Mara's book is full of insights about childhood, adolescence and the art of survival in so hostile an environment. To anyone interested in social history, the turbulent events of the first twenty years of the century are captured through his eye-witness accounts of the Lusitania riots, the Police Strike and his strongly worded description of the racial mix of his small patch around Great George's Square. Above all, it is the claustrophobia of slum life that captures the attention and makes the book so indispensable.