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a thoroughly enjoyable read -- Irish Country Magazine unashamedly nostalgic ... charming -- Tuam Herald magical ... reading the book, I felt a faint ache in my heart ... I find myself longing for those days ... this book is important social history ... remembering our past is important. Alice Taylor has given us a handbook for survival. In fact, it is essential reading -- Irish Independent Taylor reminisces on her past and family life in the country ... Recollecting the memories and difficulties of the time in Ireland before electricity, public transport and convenient shopping is insightful and refreshing ... thought-provoking ... it is a reminder to our young women our voices truly matters in bringing these changes -- puremzine.com One of the most richly evocative and moving portraits of childehood [ever] written... A journey every reader will treasure and will want to read over and over again. -- Boston Herald This picture of bucolic life in an earlier time, with its rutuals of religion and the antics of local characters, has universal appeal. -- Publishers Weekly Taylor's gentle and affectionate view of her homeland is richly refreshing -- Library Journal
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Alice Taylor lives in the village of Innishannon in County Cork, in a house attached to the local supermarket and post office. Since her eldest son has taken over responsibility for the shop, she has been able to devote more time to her writing. Alice Taylor worked as a telephonist in Killarney and Bandon. When she married, she moved to Innishannon where she ran a guesthouse at first, then the supermarket and post office. She and her husband, Gabriel Murphy, who sadly passed away in 2005, had four sons and one daughter. In 1984 she edited and published the first issue of Candlelight, a local magazine which has since appeared annually. In 1986 she published an illustrated collection of her own verse. To School Through the Fields was published in May 1988. It was an immediate success, and quickly became the biggest selling book ever published in Ireland. It launched Alice on a series of signing sessions, talks and readings the length and breadth of Ireland. Her first radio interview, forty two minutes long on RTE Radio's Gay Byrne Show, was the most talked about radio programme of 1988, and her first television interview, of the same length, was the highlight of the year on RTE television's Late Late Show. Since then she has appeared on radio programmes such as Woman's Hour, Midweek and The Gloria Hunniford Show, and she has been the subject of major profiles in the Observer and the Mail on Sunday. Alice has written nearly twenty books since then, large exploring her village of Inishannon, and the way of life in rural Ireland. She has also written poetry and fiction: her first novel, The Woman of the House, was an immediate bestseller in Ireland, topping the paperback fiction lists for many weeks. One of Ireland's most popular authors, her most recent book is And Life Lights Up.