HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

Written by
Alice Taylor
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Photographs by
Emma Byrne
Home For Christmas

Join Alice Taylor this Christmas as she welcomes us into her home and shows us the traditions of her family's Christmas. Alice looks back over her past Christmases and prepares for this Christmas. 

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Hardback:
256 pages
Size:
216x135 mm
ISBN:
9781847179654

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9781847179852
Category Biography/Memoir

Join Alice Taylor this Christmas as she welcomes us into her home and shows us the traditions of her family's Christmas. Alice looks back over her past Christmases and prepares for this Christmas.

With all the warmth of a winter fire, Alice takes us through the exciting preparation for Christmas from getting the perfect tree to baking those very crucial puddings and pies.

Alice also give us a intimate insight into her Christmas Eve and Christmas day rituals and talks us through her favourite Christmas recipes. She tells how the Christmas foods were made when she was a child, using the bastable and the range, and how she prepares them now.

Alice loves Christmas and her huge enjoyment of the season fills this book with pleasure and delight.

Alice Taylor lives in the village of Innishannon in County Cork, in a house attached to the local supermarket and post office. Since her eldest son has taken over responsibility for the shop, she has been able to devote more time to her writing.

Alice Taylor worked as a telephonist in Killarney and Bandon. When she married, she moved to Innishannon where she ran a guesthouse at first, then the supermarket and post office. She and her husband, Gabriel Murphy, who sadly passed away in 2005, had four sons and one daughter. In 1984 she edited and published the first issue of Candlelight, a local magazine which has since appeared annually. In 1986 she published an illustrated collection of her own verse.

To School Through the Fields was published in May 1988. It was an immediate success, launching Alice on a series of signing sessions, talks and readings the length and breadth of Ireland. Her first radio interview, forty two minutes long on RTÉ Radio's Gay Byrne Show, was the most talked about radio programme of 1988, and her first television interview, of the same length, was the highlight of the year on RTÉ television's Late Late Show. Since then she has appeared on radio programmes such as Woman's Hour, Midweek and The Gloria Hunniford Show, and she has been the subject of major profiles in the Observer and the Mail on Sunday.

To School Through the Fields quickly became the biggest selling book ever published in Ireland, and her sequels, Quench the Lamp, The Village, Country Days and The Night Before Christmas, were also outstandingly successful. Since their initial publication these books of memoirs have also been translated and sold internationally.

Alice has also written fiction: her first novel, The Woman of the House, was an immediate bestseller in Ireland, topping the paperback fiction lists for many weeks and the saga continues in two further books.

One of Ireland's most popular authors, her most recent book is Tea and Talk.

part memoir, part festive compendium … her silky prose which so captivated readers in her previous memoirs such as To School Through the Fields and Do You Remember?, is the perfect craft to lend itself to such a warm and evocative time … Taylor’s joy of everything that surrounds the festivities permeates each page, with a whole chapter dedicated to even the most incidental of tasks, such as collecting the moss in woods near her home to create her traditional crib and manger

The Sunday Business Post Magazine

the cover … is as romantic as you could find in its depiction of a Christmas wreath on a front door, and it’s a fair indication of the contents … these reminiscences of rural Cork Christmases will be just the fare her devoted readers crave … beautifully produced and illustrated

Tuam Herald

a beautifully produced new book about the festive season

Irish Examiner

this much loved Irish author looks back over her past Christmases and prepares for this year’s celebrations

Belfast Telegraph
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Emma Byrne is a graphic designer and artist. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. She has won numerous awards for her design including The IDI (Irish Design Institute) Graduate Designer of the Year, the IDI Promotional Literature Award for her work on Brown Morning, and a Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Merit Award for her work on Something Beginning With P: New Poems from Irish Poets. She has illustrated many books, including Best-Loved Oscar Wilde, Best Loved Yeats, The Most Beautiful Letter in the World by Karl O’Neill, a special edition of Ulysses by James Joyce, and A Terrible Beauty by Mairéad Ashe Fitzgerald. She lives in a thatched house in Co. Wexford.

Other books by this author
  • And Time Stood Still
  • Across the River
  • House of Memories
  • Quench the Lamp

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