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Book Title: An Irish Country Christmas|
The author of the book: Alice Taylor
ISBN 13: 9780312135232
Edition: St Martins Pr
Date of issue: October 1st 1995
Format files: PDF
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Loved this sweet story of a homespun Christmas on an Irish farm in, I'm guessing based on a few references in the book, the early 1950s. It's a rural, traditional lifestyle and much of it feels like it could be dozens, or even a hundred, years earlier, though. Reminded me a bit of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books in that it's a story centered on family and the activities of keeping the house and farm going, yet somehow the storytelling makes the minutiae interesting. I especially loved the chapters about Christmas, and the one about Christmas cards. Although not marketed as a children's book, I think older kids who enjoyed "Little House" and similar type books might enjoy this one. Parents might want to preview it, though; I personally found the second chapter, in which they kill the geese that are going to be for the Christmas holidays, upsetting and there are a few other references to the dead geese hanging from the rafters in the shed in later chapters. Also, the father swears. One chapter about the Gates of Heaven being open wider on Christmas, and that Christmas is a time we reflect on those who have passed away, might be a bit sad for some kids. Other than that, I think it is child-friendly, right down to the steadfast belief in "Santy" ;-)
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Read information about the authorAlice Taylor lives in the village of Innishannon in County Cork, in a house attached to the local supermarket and post office. Since her eldest son has taken over responsibility for the shop, she has been able to devote more time to her writing.
Alice Taylor worked as a telephonist in Killarney and Bandon. When she married, she moved to Innishannon where she ran a guesthouse at first, then the supermarket and post office. She and her husband, Gabriel Murphy, who sadly passed away in 2005, had four sons and one daughter. In 1984 she edited and published the first issue of Candlelight, a local magazine which has since appeared annually. In 1986 she published an illustrated collection of her own verse.
To School Through the Fields was published in May 1988. It was an immediate success, launching Alice on a series of signing sessions, talks and readings the length and breadth of Ireland. Her first radio interview, forty two minutes long on RTÉ Radio's Gay Byrne Show, was the most talked about radio programme of 1988, and her first television interview, of the same length, was the highlight of the year on RTÉ television's Late Late Show. Since then she has appeared on radio programmes such as Woman's Hour, Midweek and The Gloria Hunniford Show, and she has been the subject of major profiles in the Observer and the Mail on Sunday.
To School Through the Fields quickly became the biggest selling book ever published in Ireland, and her sequels, Quench the Lamp, The Village, Country Days and The Night Before Christmas, were also outstandingly successful. Since their initial publication these books of memoirs have also been translated and sold internationally.
In 1997 her first novel, The Woman of the House, was an immediate bestseller in Ireland, topping the paperback fiction lists for many weeks. A moving story of land, love and family, it was followed by a sequel, Across the River in 2000, which was also a bestseller.
One of Ireland's most popular authors, she has continued writing fiction, non-fiction and poetry since.
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