I love to read. I enjoy finding a new book on perhaps a subject I haven’t really looked at before and being drawn in.
There are books however that over the years I have detested. Yes a strong word but aptly describing my feeling towards fairy tales. Yes, fairy tales. I can remember fairy tales being read to me, later reading them for myself and always being frightened by either the tales themselves or the illustrations.
Thinking back to those tales still sends a shiver down my spine. I can remember receiving a book one Christmas entitled “The Stolen Child and Other Stories” by Sinéad Bean DeValera. Although these were Irish based I was still scared.
Recently, I was given a bag of children’s books some first published in the 1970’s. In among them was a book ” Great Fairy Tales of Ireland” compiled by Mary McGarry. After numerous pots of tea I finally finished the book but I never relaxed into the book.
I think I can safely say that I will not be reading any more fairy tales however, I would recommend any of the books by Sinéad Bean DeValera if you can find them. Also “The Lucky Bag” a book of Irish children’s stories by various authors.
Another series of children’s books, set in County Wicklow and written by Cormac Mac Raois are “The Battle of Giltspur, Dance of the Midnight Fire, and Lightening over Giltspur”. These are adventure books with gripping tales centred around three children Niamh and Daire Durkan and their cousin Rónán. They are books which can be enjoyed by a reader of any age, yes even a sixty year old!
For those who are nature lovers then the trilogy “Run with the Wind“, “Run to Earth” and “Run Swift Run Free” by Tom McCaughren are beautifully crafted books with descriptive passages which immediately evoke images of the Irish countryside.
I am halfway through this wonderful bag of books and thanks to Marie, Sinéad and Trina I have many more hours of enjoyment ahead of me.