To School Through the Fields: 25th Anniversary Illustrated Edition

To School Through the Fields: 25th Anniversary Illustrated Edition


By (author) Alice Taylor


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  • Publisher: Brandon
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 202mm x 30mm | 400g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Dublin
  • ISBN 10: 1847175872
  • ISBN 13: 9781847175878
  • Edition: 25
  • Edition statement: 25th Anniversary ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 451,885

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'A delightful evocation of Irishness and of the author's deep-rooted love of the very fields of home' Publishers Weekly Alice Taylor's classic account of growing up in the Irish countryside, the biggest selling book ever published in Ireland, beautifully reproduced with photographs from Alice's life. If ever a voice has captured the colors, the rhythms, the rich, bittersweet emotions of a time gone by, it is Alice Taylor's. Her tales of childhood in rural Ireland hark back to a timeless past, to a world now lost, but ever and fondly remembered. The colorful characters and joyous moments she offers have made To School Through the Fields an Irish phenomenon, and have made Alice herself the most beloved author in all of the Emerald Isle. A must-have for fans of Alice Taylor.

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Author information

Alice 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 RTE 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 RTE 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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Twenty-five years after its first publication, this new edition celebrates Alice Taylor’s first book, a much-loved bestseller and a true classic. Life in rural 1940s and 50s Ireland: on the farm working with horses, rearing and growing the family’s food; an old-world life of self-sufficiency, friendship and, above all, neighbourliness. The walk to school was challenging but often delightful, with many stops along to way for sustenance or entertainment, at a time when children could roam free.     About To School through the Fields:    ‘One of the most richly evocative and moving portraits of childhood ever written.’ Boston Globe ‘Ireland’s Laurie Lee … a chronicler of fading village life and rural rituals’ The Observer ‘A delightful evocation of Irishness and of the author’s deep-rooted love of “the very fields of home” … with its rituals and local characters’ Publisher’s Weekly ‘There is no writer more full of the milk of human kindness’ Books Ireland