JJ Liddy sometimes blames his unreliable temperament on the visit he made to Tír na n'Óg, the land of eternal youth, when he was fifteen years old. It's perhaps not surprising that his children have also turned out to be a little eccentric, especially eleven-year-old Jenny. She forgets to go to school, an't bear to wear shoes, and spends entire days roaming the mountainside.
It is up there that she meets the ghost. He is guarding a pile of rocks known as the beacon, and when some archaeologists arrive to excavate it, they run into the strangest kind of obstruction.
But it is not people the ghost fears, and when the real enemy finally reveals itself, the future of the entire human race is threatened. Only Aengus Óg and his fairy kin can help now.
But why should the fairies bother themselves with human affairs?
Last of the High Kings
'Written in a disarmingly matter-of-fact style, this novel is often weird but sometimes wonderful as well' Times Educational Supplement
'An elegant and original novel, which combines imaginative flair with an accessible and rich reading experience' - Inis
'Thompson's brilliantly low key writing embroiders these flights of fancy into the earthy warp and weft of family life and landscape, all beautifully described in a way that relates the fantastical to everyday issues of ecological and social responsibility' - Books for Keeps
'It's a powerful book that dares to think as big as this one' - The School Librarian
'Imaginary and realistic worlds effortlessly coalesce' - The Irish Times
The White Horse Trick
'Kate Thompson is at her scintillating best with The White Horse Trick. This, the concluding part of the New Policeman trilogy, fast-forwards to the end of this century, when global warming and squandered resources (sound familiar?) have turned Ireland into a gloomy, soggy desert. Tír na nÓg is endangered because mutinous immigrant Irish hordes pour in, laden with the shards of their dead culture: sheet music and the like. This is a familiar Thompson world of fickle, foolish gods, shape-changing and easy passage across the timeskin. Much wit and banter animate this all-too-realistic fantasy that ends with a beginning - no, not of a sequel, but of an age-old story of origins' - The Irish Times
Who knows where the time goes? There is never enough of it in Kinvara. When Helen Liddy is asked what she wants for her birthday, she says, 'Time. That's what I want. Time.'
Fifteen-year-old JJ is continuing the Liddy family tradition with his foddle playing. But one day he discovers that music might not be the only thing that runs in his veins. Can it be true that his great grandfather was a murderer?
When JJ sets out to buy his mother some time he discovers the answer, as well as some truly remarkable things about music, myth and magic.
Who knows where the time goes?
The White Horse Trick
It is the latter part of the 21st century, and dramatic climate change has made life in Ireland almost impossible. Meanwhile, Tir na n'Og is faced with a refugee problem, and the king of the fairies is not happy about it. When it is revealed that the warlord who is behind the problem is a member of the Liddy family, JJ is sent on a very dangerous journey to try and sort him out...
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