Once upon a time, a Dublin woman sat down to write a novel about the Famine for children. Two decades and 28 editions later, the books are still selling in Ireland at a rate of around 1,000 a month. Marita Conlon-McKenna’s Famine trilogy, which began with the publication of Under the Hawthorn Tree in 1990, is one of the extraordinary success stories of Irish writing.
Today, the Irish children’s publishing industry is a tale of new...
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