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 My new book, THE WHITETHORN OF THE DANCING has just been published by Somerville Press.  It's an adult book this time and as the cover says it's a story of love and betrayal.  There are allegations of murder in New York and as the NYPD search for the suspect, she flees to Ireland in search of something else. It's a search for truth in separate but connected mysteries.


Available at Hodges Figgis,

online and at your local bookshop



Meanwhile, demand for my fox books continues. 

The one book in the fox series that has been missing for some time is back in print.  RUN TO THE WILD WOOD, originally numbered 5 in the series, had sold out but now, in response to many requests, a brand new edition is available:

In RUN TO THE WILD WOOD the foxes of Glensinna come to the aid of the badgers whose home in the Fragrant Wood has been destroyed by man and his machines. But as they guide the badgers towards a new home, Ratwiddle warns, 'I see foxes running from the wolf. I see dragons spitting fire.....You can't kill dragons, you know.'  As always, Ratwiddle's predictions come to pass. Facing one danger after another as they journey towards the Valley of the Dragons, the foxes fear they will never complete their quest and make it back to their own home in Glensinna.






There has been great interest in my most recent fox book RUN FOR THE HILLS, showing that the fox continues to fascinate readers young and old. I would recommend Run for the Hills to 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 €6.99


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 

As for my adventure books The Legend of the Golden Key, The Legend of the Phantom Highwayman and The Legend of the Corrib King have been revised and updated!! There are copies available on ebay.

I've written seventeen books altogether. Most of them are for young people and 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.

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Adults 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 another print run due to constant demand and can be ordered from the publisher freepost from or from any bookshop.