There has been great interest in my new fox book Run for the Hills and the new edition of Run with the Wind, showing that the fox continues to fascinate readers young and old. I would recommend Run for the Hills
to my 4th, 5th and 6th class readers. In this story some of the memorable characters from Run with the Wind, including Old
Sage Brush, Vickey, Black Tip and Hop-along are confronted by foxes of various colours who have escaped from a fur farm. The
newcomers know nothing of the wild, so they must be taken on a journey to escape their pursuers and learn how to survive in
their new world of relative freedom. They have many adventures but there is much more to the story. Lessons can be learned
from it in relation to our own daily lives, for example, how
we should respect people of a different colour or faith who have come to live here, some of them having escaped persecution
in their own countries. Publishers O' Brien Press have brought out a teachers' guide to show how various aspects of the
book can be explored in the classroom.
RRP €8.99 epub
More Good News!
There's also been a great reaction to the new edition of Run with
the Wind, the first book in the fox series. Forced to flee from the fur trappers in the Land of Sinna,
the foxes encounter many adventures as they search for the secret of survival. Described as a wildlife winner for all ages, Run
with the Wind has been enjoyed by generations of readers, one of whom told me, 'It is mine to wander in and wonder
in.' It is now available to new generations to do the same and I hope they enjoy it.
RRP €8.99 epub €6.99 http://www.obrien.ie/run-with-the-wind
As for my adventure books there is also more
good news.The Legend of the Golden Key, The Legend of the Phantom Highwayman and The
Legend of the Corrib King have been revised and updated!! The new editions have been published by Mercier
Press and you can see the photographs of them on the next page. I think the covers are lovely and I hope you agree.
I've written sixteen books altogether. Most of my novels are fictional but often revolve
around actual historical events, such as the Irish Rebellion in 1798. My books have won five awards for literature including
The White Ravens from the International Youth Library in Munich, the Reading Association of Ireland Award, the Irish Book
Medal, the Bisto/Children's Book Trust Books of the Decade Award and the Oscar Wilde Society Literary Recognition Award.
A number of my books, including some in the fox series, have been translated into foreign
languages including German, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, French, Dutch, Danish and Latvian. With the publication of
Run for the Hills there are seven books in the fox series, the others being Run with
the Wind, Run to Earth, Run Swift Run Free, Run to the Ark, Run to the Wild Wood and Run for Cover.
If you have difficulty in getting any of these books please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Peacemakers of Niemba
Those interested in history and in United Nations peacekeeping operations, might like to know that
the new updated edition of my book on the massacre of nine Irish UN soldiers at Niemba in the Congo has sold extremely well
and is still available. The Peacemakers of Niemba, which was researched in great detail,
tells the story of the ambush in which the soldiers were killed by Baluba warriors in 1960. It also details events that preceded
and followed the ambush, including the arrest and trial of several warriors for murder.
This new edition of The Peacemakers of Niemba has gone into a second print run due to
constant demand and can be ordered from the publisher freepost from www.somervillepress.com or from any bookshop.