Old Friends : The Lost Tales of Fionn MacCumhaill
Uprooted from his city life by the death of his father, Dark is called into a rath as he wanders the fields near his new home. There, he meets people big and little whose magnificent stories of warriors, monsters and the fairy people provide an escape from Dark's crumbling school and home life. O'Neill's powerful new tales of adventure, heroism, treachery, weakness and redemption entwine with ancient Irish folklore as Dark realizes that he, like his eccentric uncle Connie, belongs to two very different worlds.
- Paperback | 440 pages
- 129 x 198 x 33.02mm | 408.23g
- 18 Mar 2010
- Little Island
- NEW ISLAND BOOKS
- Dublin, Ireland
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'Wonderfully irreverent, engrossing - a tour-de-force of storytelling' Gemma Hussey, former Minister for Education 'Gripping and gory and vivid' Maire Ui Mhaicin, academic and folklore specialist '[O'Neill] takes his young teen readers time-travelling with protagonist Dark through tales that straddle the knowable and the imaginary. There is nothing implausible about the emotions that course through these latter-day folktales that bring LED lighting to fairy raths; no false notes dim their sense of loss and betrayal or, indeed, O'Neill's idiomatic style. This is a book straight from the oral tradition - it would sparkle if read aloud' Mary Shine Thompson, The Irish Times 'Tom O'Neill manages to bring new twists and new ideas into the tales in this book. You get really engrossed in the characters' lives and they seem real, not just myth and legend anymore. Tom O'Neill really brings the characters, and the stories themselves, to life. I really liked this book and was absorbed in the story from the very beginning' Brid, age 14, Leitrim
About Tom O'Neill
Tom O'Neill's working life started in teacher training in impoverished schools in South Africa and he is currently involved in computer-based education and running a farm in Kilkenny. Recently restoring an ancient castle and helping his father publish a social history reconnected him to stories and beliefs that were still vibrant in his own childhood and prompted him to write Old Friends. This is his first novel.