|Thanks to Olivia Lolly; she took the photo.|
But I am not the only one (by far) who is excited by this book. In a recent article about Jane Gardam in the Irish Times, writer/journalist Anna Carey (author of The Real Rebecca and Rebecca Rules) refers to Hounds of the Morrigan, giving it much deserved and very high praise:
"The late Pat O’Shea’s hilarious, scary fantasy novel The Hounds of the Morrigan (1985) is possibly the greatest Irish children’s book ever written. But although the book is still in print, it’s hardly a childhood standard, and it pains me to see less original writers receive the acclaim O’Shea deserved."
I couldn't agree more... though I will correct Anna. Hounds of the Morrigan is sadly out of print at this stage. While still being available on Kindle, you won't find a print copy on the shelves in your local bookshop. So, if you happen to be scavenging the shelves of a used bookshop and come across a copy...pick it up, read and cherish it. It is a real gem.