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Treasures from an Irish Childhood

Written by Alice Taylor, Photographs by Emma Byrne

Alice Taylor takes a journey back to the 1940s and 1950s in rural Ireland through the well-used schoolbooks that she has kept from that time. Poetry, legends, stories and history evoke a way of life, and pace of life, that's long changed.

A Cocoon With A View

Am I cocooning or self-isolating?  In today’s climate both words mean the same thing, but it’s amazing the different picture each word paints in our subconscious. Alice Taylor explores wellbeing, what community now means and so many other topics thrown into sharp relief by the arrival of COVID19.

The Joyce We Knew

Memoirs of Joyce

Edited by Ulick O'Connor

These fascinating reminiscences by some of his friends and contemporaries give a deep insight into James Joyce and bring to light many less well-known characteristics.

Quench the Lamp

Infused with wit and lyricism, this memoir centres on the 1950's when the author and her friends were teenagers. She describes the past vividly and without complaint as the years of hard labour for herself, parents and siblings, were also filled with fun in the close knit community.

The Night Before Christmas

Alice Taylor takes a nostalgic, loving look back to a family firmly rooted in tradition and humour and - in particular - the Christmas traditions of her childhood. With her unerring knack of bringing her readers into her home, her stories of a childhood Christmas are rich, warm and amusing, giving a wonderful insight into life as it was.

A Country Miscellany

Irish cottages, the pleasures of walking in autumnal woods, a hens' hatching house and a country garden: these are just some of the elements in this varied patchwork quilt of views of rural life.

Country Days

Alice Taylor takes her readers along the byways of Ireland and into the heart of the country. In stories by turn comic and poignant, she explores the character of family and friends, testing the bonds of concern and kindness which hold people together.

Before the Dawn

An Autobiography

Gerry Adams offers his own unique, intimate account of the early years of his career, from his childhood in working-class Belfast to the more turbulent years of social activism that followed. Updated with new introduction and epilogue covering the huge changes in Irish society since the Good Friday Agreement.