Irish Tales on St. Patrick’s Day

thumb_saint_patricks_day_Hat_Shamrocks Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I wondered how many posts I had written with an Irish theme or about an Irish author and found a few – one for middle schoolers.   If you need some inspiration to wear green today, try reading one:

On An Irish Island

It’s St. Patrick’s Day – Did You Find  Your  Pot of Gold

The Story of Lucy Gault

The Great Unexpected 

 

 

 

Maggie Smith Favorite Reads

According to her biographer, Maggie Smith is an avid reader.  I decided to check out two of her favorite authors – William Trevor and Brian Moore.

William Trevor

9780142003312_p0_v1_s192x300Although best known for his short stories, Irish author William Trevor’s novel The Story of Lucy Gault is among my favorites.   Now I have Trevor’s Love and Summer on my pile to read. Another Irish tale promising a good read:

“Ellie lives a quiet life in the small Irish town of Rathmoye until she meets Florian Kilderry, a young photographer preparing to leave Ireland and his past forever.  The chance intersection of these two lost souls sets in motion a poignant love affair that requires Ellie to make an impossible choice.”

Brian Moore

Another Smith favorite was Irish novelist, Brian Moore, whose books included “suspense, political upheaval, and moral chaos…”   The librarian recommended starting with The Black Robe – the story of a Jesuit missionary in the wilderness of seventeenth century Canada, and continuing with his last novel – The Magician’s Wife.

Read my review of The Story of Lucy Gault here.