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Books from the Attic : Treasures from an Irish Childhood

Books from the Attic : Treasures from an Irish Childhood

Alice Taylor, Photographs by Emma Byrne

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Alice Taylor takes a look back at the wellused schoolbooks she used in her youth in the 1940s and 1950s. Flicking through the pages of the books and recalling poetry and prose she learned at school, Alice reminisces about these texts, how she related to them and how they integrated with her life on the farm and in the village.

In her warm, wise way, Alice reflects on poems and stories on topics ranging from birds, trees and nature to fairy tales and legends, and ties them in with her own knowledge and memory of traditional country life. Containing the text of the poems that readers will remember from their own school days, and evocatively illustrated with photographs of the school books and Alice’s notes on them, as well as nature, flora, fauna and objects associated with schools of old, this is a reminder of childhood days and a treasure 

Alice Taylor lives in the village of Innishannon in County Cork, in a house attached to the local supermarket and post office.To School Through the Fields was published in May 1988. It was an immediate success, and quickly became the biggest selling book ever published in Ireland. 

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Author Alice Taylor, Photographs by Emma Byrne
Publisher The O'Brien Press
Publication date 16 Oct 2020
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781788492140

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