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Book Title: The House on an Irish Hillside|
The author of the book: Felicity Hayes-McCoy
Edition: Hodder General Publishing Division
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Date of issue: August 1st 2012
ISBN 13: 9781444730302
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Felicity Hayes-McCoy tells a compelling story of the Kerry region that she adopted. Although she gre up in Dublin she went to London to learn and practice her profession (acting, writing, playwriting). Descendant of Galway and Eniscorthy folk, she developed an early love for the Irish language which first took her to the rural Dingle peninsula. Caught up in a busy London career, she purchases an old house and is drawn into the ancient cycles of rural Irish life. Hayes-McCoy's love of the Irish language helps her to explain the customs in a way no travel book ever could. The story is, by turns, thoughtful and joyous. I've heard it said that a good book is an old friend. That is certainly true of this. Take the time to savor it, like a comfortable cup of tea at the end of a long day.
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Read information about the authorIrish writer Felicity Hayes-McCoy is the author of the "Finfarran" novels, set in a fictional county on Ireland's West Coast. Cathy Kelly, bestselling author of "Between Sisters" and "Secrets of a Happy Marriage", describes Felicity's Finfarran books as "a delicious feast", while Jenny Colgan, New York Times bestselling author of "The Cafe by the Sea", calls them "charming and heartwarming".
The Library at the Edge of The World, the first Finfarran novel, was published in June 2016: The Sunday Times called it "engaging, sparkling and joyous" and The Sunday Independent wrote "If you like reading a feelgood novel, take a journey to the edge of the world. An easy, pleasant summer read for fans of Maeve Binchy".
Summer at the Garden Café, the second in the series, came out in May 2017, and The Mistletoe Matchmaker, a warm, empowering Christmas story, was published in October 2017 and is available now.
The Finfarran novels have been translated into six languages and a US edition of The Library at the Edge of The World will be published by Harper Perennial in November 2017.
Described as 'wise, funny' and 'blazingly beautiful' by the actress and writer Joanna Lumley, Felicity's first memoir, The House on an Irish Hillside was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2012. It takes the author to London - where she worked as an actress and met her English, opera-director husband - and back again to Ireland, to a remarkable stone house on the Dingle peninsula where she first studied the Irish language in her teens.
In response to requests from readers, Enough Is Plenty: The Year on the Dingle Peninsula, a sequel to The House on an Irish Hillside, was published by The Collins Press in 2015. Illustrated with photographs taken by Felicity and her husband, and with a foreword by the best-selling Irish writer Alice Taylor, it charts the cycle of the Celtic year in Felicity's own house and garden.
A second memoir, A Woven Silence: Memory, History & Remembrance, described by The Sunday Times as 'a powerful piece of personal and political history', was published in September 2015, also by The Collins Press. Inspired by the lost story of her grandmother's cousin Marion Stokes, one of three women who raised the tricolour over Enniscorthy town in Wexford during Ireland's 1916 Rising, it explores the consequences for individuals, families, communities and nations when memories are erased, intentionally or by chance.
Felicity's cultural guide to Ireland's Dingle Peninsula, Dingle and Its Hinterland: People, Places and Heritage, written with her husband Wilf Judd, and illustrated with their own photographs, came out in 2017.
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