High Flipper Five: Irish Authors
Top o’ the morning to ya! Let’s dust down our shamrocks, eat some Lucky Charms, look for the pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow, offend any Irish person that reads this with our lazy stereotypes begorrah, and then give an almost St. Patrick’s Day high flipper five to…
Top 5 Irish Children’s Authors
1. Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer was born in Wexford, Republic of Ireland, in 1965. He is best known for the Artemis Fowl books, described by Colfer as ‘Die Hard with fairies’. The series first appeared in 2001, and has gone on to sell 20 million copies worldwide The second book in his latest series, WARP, will be published in April 2014.
“Confidence is ignorance. If you’re feeling cocky, it’s because there’s something you don’t know.” ― Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl
2. Marita Conlon-McKenna
Marita Conlon-McKenna was born in Dublin in 1956. She has written nine bestselling children’s books; her first novel, Under the Hawthorn Tree, inspired by the Great Irish Famine, was the most commercially successful Irish novel for children of the 1990s.
‘Are we in hell?’ asked Peggy . . . ‘No,’ said Eily, ‘just a place destroyed.’ - Marita Conlon-McKenna, Under the Hawthorn Tree
3. Derek Landy
Derek Landy was born in Lusk, County Dublin, in 1974. He is best known for writing the Skulduggery Pleasant series (the latest of which we reviewed here.) According to his biography on his publishers’ website, “As a black belt in Kenpo Karate he has taught countless children how to defend themselves, in the hopes of building his own private munchkin army.” Book Walrus highly approves of this method of self-defence, and intends to do the same with penguins.
“We’re not retreating, we’re advancing in reverse.”― Derek Landy, Playing with Fire
4. Kate Thompson
Kate Thompson (excellent sitting-in-tree photo, don’t you think?) was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, in 1956, but has lived in Ireland since 1981. Her stories deal with themes as disparate as Irish folk tales and genetic engineering. She is probably best known for her 2005 book The New Policeman, for which she won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, and the Bisto Children’s Book of the Year Award.
“It was essential that someone, somewhere, even if it was only the fairy folk, should know that the human race had produced more than wars, catastrophes, and ultimately its own slow and painful self-destruction. It had produced things of exquisite and lasting beauty as well.” ― Kate Thompson, The White Horse Trick
5. C.S. Lewis
C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis was born in Belfast in 1898. He spent his adult life in England, having academic positions in Oxford and Cambridge, but remained loyal to his Irish roots. Describing an encounter with a fellow Irishman, he wrote: “Like all Irish people who meet in England, we ended by criticisms on the invincible flippancy and dullness of the Anglo-Saxon race. After all, there is no doubt, ami, that the Irish are the only people: with all their faults, I would not gladly live or die among another folk.” He is, of course, most famous for The Chronicles of Narnia.
“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew
Now away with you! Enjoy the craic on St. Paddy’s Day on Monday. Slán!