An enchanting and nostalgic tale of Ireland in the 1950s by Irelandâs favourite writer, Alice Taylor.Â
The Phelans have owned Mossgrove for generations. The small, rural Irish farm has been the pride of them all until Ned's wife, Martha, arrives and begins to undermine generations of hard work and happiness. She resents the deep history of the place and sets about making it her own, shutting out what is left of Ned's family. She is particularly jealous of Ned's sister, Kate, a local nurse and doting aunt to Martha's children.Â
When Ned dies suddenly, Martha puts Mossgrove up for sale in hopes that it will be bought by the neighbouring Conways, who have long coveted the Phelan farm. What she does not realise are the lengths to which Kate and the hired hand Jack will go to keep the land in the family....Â
Â©1997 Alice Taylor (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing
Set in rural Ireland in the early 1960s, House of Memories concludes the story of two neighbouring farms and their feuding families.Â Â
Following his brutish father's death, young Danny Conway strives to rescue the family farm from ruin. When all seems hopeless, help comes from the most unexpected quarter. A story of grief and trying to cope with loss but also of resilience in the face of family tragedy.Â Â
No one knows the minutiae of country life as Alice Taylor does, and again she displays her unique ability to capture its rhythms and cadences.
Â©2005 Alice Taylor (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Alice Taylorâs gripping sequel to The Woman of the House, a story of land, love and family set in rural Ireland.Â Â
At Mossgrove, the Phelan family farm, longtime hired hand Jack plays peacemaker as widow Martha Phelan battles her young son, Peter, who wants to modernise the farm. Tensions on the home front are bitter enough, but at the Conway farm across the river, more trouble is brewing. Slovenly Matt Conway feels trapped and abuses his wife, Biddy. Spurred on by a misguided belief that the Phelans got the best of him in a loan to buy land, he keeps vigil at a fence post plotting revenge....Â
Â©2000 Alice Taylor (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Back in the last weeks of February, which now feels like a hundred years ago, we here in Innishannon were busy planning what was termed âThe Big Rake Offâ of the dead grass on the long sloping bank beside the road coming into the village. Happily unaware of forthcoming events, we were totally focused on creating our wild flower bank - to get something like this going you need a âmethealâ, a word which prior to the coronavirus was unknown to anyone under 40.Â Â Â Then everything changed.... Exploring the themes of community, family and personal wellbeing, Alice Taylor examines a world changed utterly by the arrival of a once-in-a-century infectious disease. Heart-warming, reflective yet always practical, Alice is a wonderful guide in a world unlike the one we lived in only a few short months ago.
Â©2020 Alice Taylor (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd