First Impressions

The success of authors such as JK Rowling and, in an Irish context, Marita Conlon-McKenna and Eoin Colfer has ensured that a steady stream of both budding and experienced scribes offer children’s novels for publication each year. But the dream of hug

11th April, 2009

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.

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