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The House on an Irish Hillside: When you know where you've come from, you can see where you're going Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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There is something entirely Irish about her writing: fresh, daring, curious and blazingly beautiful. Whatever she turns her bright eye on comes alive: the soft wild country of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula, old half-remembered stories, and the pattern of life in rural Ireland. As you read on you begin to believe that you own the house on the hillside, that you are part of the smoky circle of musicians, that the seaweed you spread on the earth will produce a fine crop of potatoes. Wise, funny and touching, this book is a portrait of friendships, customs and folklore of Ireland; but what stays with you is harder to catch, like smoke or running water. It is the taste of something we all once knew, ever-present if only you look for it. Completely enchanting. (Joanna Lumley)
I cannot recommend more. Beautifully written - would make anyone want to go to Dingle! (Isle magazine)
The story of how one woman's life was transformed by a remarkable house on the Dingle peninsula in Ireland. It's a life-affirming tale of rediscovering lost values and cherishing loved ones and the communities we live in.See all Product Description
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Anyone interested in the power of tradition to enhance and enrich everyday life, anyone fascinated by the way a people's culture develops, how each of us is related to our community, our time and our place will love the observations, insights and lyricism of this writing. Curiosity, kindliness, and at times a waspish wit - a delicious combination of flavours!
Reading this gem of a book is truly a sentimental education. I felt so much better equipped to read the sounds, signs and even the silences of the world back west which I went to visit immediately after finishing the book - and the experience was so much enriched by this author's thoughtful and funny perspective. She is deeply appreciative of what she has seen and enjoyed, and this book will be warmly appreciated in turn by its readers.
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I loved this story of the authors personal return to her Irish roots. Her discriptions flow like poetry. This is a book I will want to read again and again.Published 9 months ago by Sylvia Baker
A lovely heartfelt first person love story with the Dingle Peninsula. Great job of providing insight into the magic of Ireland in general and Dingle in particular. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved reading this book, also bought another 4 for each one of my sisters coupled with Irish chocolates from Skelligs Chocolate factory! It was a very welcomed present :-))Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Hard to get into but enjoyed the snapshots of life in rural Ireland. It is more like a diary than a story.Published 15 months ago by Alan Irwin(real name)
A memoir of the author's life in London and Ireland, how she and her husband kept being drawn back to the Dingle peninsula and eventually bought a house there. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dymvue
What a wonderful, beautiful book. Part biography, part travelogue, part history, part cultural. I don't know how anyone could give it less than 5 stars. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sydneysider
What a wonderful book. As close to nature as you can get. Highly recommended.Published on 27 Dec. 2014 by Brenshirl