Book Review: The Real James Herriot

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James Herriot biographyAlong with millions of others, I’ve loved James Herriot’s series of books. I read them as a teenager many times, my copies are very dogeared!  James Herriot’s books was one of the reasons I wanted to live in Yorkshire but never got there. Maybe we’ll head there for a while when we retire. I reread them again about two years ago, enjoying [...]

Book Review: Aleen Cust: Britain’s First Woman Vet

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aleen-cust-biographyAleen Cust was Britain’s first female vet and Ireland’s too as she worked here for many years. Her mother was a “woman of the bedchamber” to Queen Victoria, her father was godson to Leopold, King of the Belgians and they were connected to many influential people. Aleen was born in Co. Tipperary in 1868 when her father worked as an agent. However, he died [...]

Book Review: Then There Was Light

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then-there-was-lightThen There Was Light is an anthology, mostly memoir with a couple of fictional stories and a few poems, about people’s experiences of when the electricity arrived in their area and the effect it had on their lives. It’s now 70 years since the rural electrification scheme began. Stories reveal the hostility to “the electric”, often due to fear about the cost or a [...]

A “Perfect Farm Wife” wins Best NonFiction Award

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25th October 2016 was  a big day for book awards. There was the Man Booker award announcement, the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards shortlists were announced and the Carousel Aware Prizes for Irish Indie books award night was held in Dublin. Guess which one I was at?!

Carolann Copland was the brainchild behind Writing CAP, determined to bring recognition to the quality of independently published books and she also thought it would be great if the charity [...]