Cross, Eric  

Tailor and Ansty


The Tailor and Ansty by Eric Cross was first published in 1942 and banned in Ireland shortly afterwards on the grounds of alleged indecency and obscenity, which caused immeasurable controversy for Irish censorship.


Tailor and Ansty was banned soon after its first publication in 1942 and became the subject of much bitter controversy. It has become a modern Irish classic, promising to make immortal the Tailor and his irrepressible wife, Ansty. 

The Tailor never travelled further than Scotland, yet the breadth of the world could not contain the wealth of his humour and fantasy. All human life is here - marriages, inquests, matchmaking, wakes - and always the Tailor, his wife and their black cow.