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The Island Of Horses

THE ISLAND OF HORSES

By
Eilis Dillon

A loving, clear-eyed portrait of rural Irish life, The Island of Horses is fraught with suspense and peopled with unforgettable individuals.

Category:
Fiction 10+

Hardback:
224 pages
Hardback:
£10.00
Size:
216x140 mm
Add to Cart
ISBN:
9781590171028
Pub. Date:
15th May 2004

The people of remote Inishrone, a few miles off the Connemara coast, know better than to go to the Island of Horses. Everyone has heard tales of men who have gone there and never come back. Yet one day young Pat Conroy and his friend Danny MacDonagh head off anyway, telling their parents that they are fishing for eels. On the island they find no ghosts but many mysteries, including a beautiful—and tame—black colt. But when they return home, with the colt in tow, they find themselves launched into a world of trouble. Before their adventure is over, the boys must brave rough seas and the murderous duplicity of a conniving horse trader, with only the advice of Pat's frail grandmother and their own good sense to guide them.



A loving, clear-eyed portrait of rural Irish life, The Island of Horses is fraught with suspense and peopled with unforgettable individuals.

Eilís Dillon (1920-1994) wrote more than thirty books for young people, as well as fiction for adults, including the best-selling historical novel Across the Bitter Sea, about the struggle for Irish independence in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. With few exceptions, her young people's books are set in the west of Ireland, in small communities struggling to make a living on the islands and along the Atlantic coast. As the critic Declan Kiberd wrote in Dillon's obituary: “What Laura Ingalls Wilder did for children's literature in the US, she achieved in Ireland, imparting a sure historical sense in books such as The Singing Cave. That interest in history was a natural expression of her curiosity of mind, and of her family inheritance.

A beautifully-bound edition of this classic children's story. Ellis Dillon tells a gripping adventure story with the eye of a poet and a fantastic ear for dialogue. It is also a fascinating window into the vanished world in to the vanished world of early 20th century Connemara and the islanders off that turbulent coast. And coming from the pen of Ellis Dillon it has a keen sense of history. An exciting way for today's child to learn more about that vanished world.

Irish Post
Other books by this author
  • The Island of Ghosts
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