Alice Taylor

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, and quianly becamse the biggest selling book every published in Ireland. It launched 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.

Alice has written nearly twenty books since then, large exploring her village of Inishannon, and the way of life in rural Ireland. She has also written poetry and fiction: her first novel, The Woman of the House, was an immediate bestseller in Ireland, topping the paperback fiction lists for many weeks.

One of Ireland's most popular authors, her most recent book is Home for Christmas.


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  • Home For Christmas

    Home For Christmas

    Written by Alice Taylor, Photographs by Emma Byrne

    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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  • Tea and Talk

    Tea and Talk

    Written by Alice Taylor, Photographs by Emma Byrne

    Tea and talk: the perfect way to resolve any challenge you face in life: and in the hands of a consummate storyteller, you might need a second cup! Relax with Alice, sit and chat over a cup of tea, as she invites you into her life, and the life of the village that surrounds her.

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  • To School Through the Fields

    To School Through the Fields

    By Alice Taylor

    Alice Taylor's classic account of growing up in the Irish countryside, the biggest selling book ever published in Ireland. Beautifully illustrated throughout with a new introduction by the author.

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  • To School Through the Fields

    To School Through the Fields

    By Alice Taylor

    If ever a voice has captured the colors, the rhythms, the rich, bittersweet emotions of a time gone by, it is Alice Taylor's. This classic account of growing up in the Irish countryside became the biggest selling book ever published in Ireland.

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  • The Women

    The Women

    By Alice Taylor

    In her eagerly-awaited new book, Alice Taylor salutes the women whose energy and generosity made such a valuable contribution to all our lives.

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  • And Time Stood Still

    And Time Stood Still

    By Alice Taylor

    An extended memoir with reminiscences about the Author's friends, family members and even beloved animals that have passed away. A therapeutic book demonstrating a compassionate way of dealing with bereavement.

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  • The Gift of a Garden

    The Gift of a Garden

    By Alice Taylor

    Alice’s garden is her refuge. Inherited from Uncle Jacky, she introduces the great variety of plants and objects she has gathered – everything, of course, with its own unique and fascinating story, brought to life by a master storyteller. 

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  • Do You Remember?

    Do You Remember?

    By Alice Taylor

    Alice Taylor takes us through her home, reflecting back on the routine of her family life growing up in rural Ireland in the 1950s - a time when food was home-baked and everything was reused. An uplifting account, full of nostalgia and wise words to treasure from Ireland's best-loved author.

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  • Do You Remember?

    Do You Remember?

    By Alice Taylor

    Alice Taylor takes us through her home, reflecting back on the routine of her family life growing up in rural Ireland in the 1950s - a time when food was home-baked and everything was reused. An uplifting account, full of nostalgia and wise words to treasure from Ireland's best-loved author.

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  • Country Days

    Country Days

    By Alice Taylor

    Alice Taylor takes her readers along the byways of Ireland and into the heart of the country. In stories by turn comic and poignant, she explores the character of family and friends, testing the bonds of concern and kindness which hold people together.

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  • The Village

    The Village

    By Alice Taylor

    The third of Alice Taylor's unique accounts of life in the Irish countryside, and another massive bestseller with universal appeal.

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  • The Parish

    The Parish

    By Alice Taylor

    In a series of vignettes of life in her village, Alice Taylor reasserts the priorities of public space and local community. The Parish evokes and explores the positive values of community, which could be renewed and reinvigorated for a present and future that achieves harmony between comfort and the pressing need to respect the environment.

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  • The Woman of the House

    The Woman of the House

    By Alice Taylor

    The Phelans have owned Mossgrove for generations. But when it is put up for sale, the lengths to which Irish people will go to keep their land become clear.

    An enchanting novel by Ireland’s favourite writer.

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  • Across the River

    Across the River

    By Alice Taylor

    Alice Taylor's second novel, a story of land, love and family set in rural Ireland. Sequel to The Woman of the House.

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  • House of Memories

    House of Memories

    By Alice Taylor

    This sequel to "The Woman of the House” and “Across the River" is a story of love for the home place and of the passions and jealousies it can inspire. A story of grief and trying to cope with loss, but also of resilience in the face of family tragedy.

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  • An Evening with Alice Taylor

    An Evening with Alice Taylor

    By Alice Taylor

    Alice Taylor's selection, in her own voice, from her memories and thoughts of childhood and country life.

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