'Michael Collins Himself' focuses on the man behind the mask. Not the soldier, statesman or guerilla but the real and human Michael Collins. Offering insights into Collins' personal life and the crucial role women had to play in it, his likes, dislikes, interests and personality, the book includes memories and anecdotes from members of his family and descendants of those who knew him. Chrissy Osborne was born and educated in England. Her father's family was from west Cork. She spent family holidays in Ireland during her childhood and now resides in Ireland permanently.