Other books byCarol Birch
The Naming of Eliza Quinn
In the late 1960s, in the hollow of an ancient oak tree beyond a derelict cottage in Cork, were found the bones of a three-year-old girl. It was thought that they dated back to the time of the great potato famine of the mid 1800s. The bones were discovered by an American woman, who had inherited the cottage which had lain empty and broken for 40 years. Local searches reveal that the house had originally belonged to The Quinns. Eliza Quinn was their baby. This is a story that speaks of generations and of landscapesabandoned villages, famine graves, old potato ridges sinking back into the earth, traces of a population that fell by two and a half million in less than 10 years. But above all, it is the story of the Quinn family. And it is Carol Birch's tour de force.
As the valued servant of a wealthy family and a friend of criminals, Margaret leads a double life that inevitably brings about her downfall, and she is sentenced to hang not once, but twice. But she escapes the gallows and is transported with other convicts to Australia. This wonderful adventure story takes inspiration from the life of the real Margaret Catchpolea woman who lived by her wits, twice a scapegallows.
"The die was cast. There was no turning back now." The two authors of this book start out to achieve their goal of walking the length of Britain - to become "End to Enders." We are treated to a wonderful panorama of the British countryside but the authors are not simply walkers - they are explorers and commentators with a human touch. They analyse the characters they meet on the way and record the varied architecture and social culture of this country. There is not a page which lacks an interesting observation or anecdote. With total sincerity they reveal their own reactions to the challenge. They describe the situations they have to master - from forgetting the teabags to walking on hard road surfaces in the heat. However, encouraged by family support and by the views of stunning countryside from the beaches of Cornwall to the lochs of Scotland, these End to Enders complete the walk in less time than planned despite the headaches, blisters, exhaustion and inclement weather. We cannot help butbe inspired by their enthusiasm, and as we read, we realise why their journey turned into a pilgrimage and why they wrote this book. If you wish to follow in the authors' footsteps, they are willing to give encouragement. There is enough information in the book to write to them.
Sandburg Out Loud
A Selection of Carl Sandburg's Rotabaga...
A group of America's best-loved storytellers join together to share their love of Carl Sandburg's work and words. This unique recording features group and solo performances by Angela Lloyd, Carol Birch, and Bill Harley of some of Sandburgf_(tm)s most popular poems and selections from The Rootabaga Stories. Instrumental music and folksongs from Sandburgf_(tm)s classic The American Songbag include contributions by David Holt on banjo and guitar. Sandburgf_(tm)s stories and poems are a glorious celebration ....