For Eily, Michael and Peggy the memory of the famine is still strong. But Mary-Brigid, Eily’s first child, has the future to look forward to. What kind of future is it?
Ireland is in turmoil, with evictions, burnings, secret meetings, fights over land. Eily and her family may be thrown off their farm. Michael may lose his job in the big house. And Peggy, in America, feels trapped in her role as a maid. Will they ever have land and a home they can call their own? Eily, Michael and Peggy have once shown great courage. Now this courage is called on again…
Here’s a link to another page that has extra information on Fields of Home for projects, homework and further reading.
The other titles in the Children of the Famine trilogy are Under the Hawthorn Tree and Wildflower Girl.
‘Brings to satisfying conclusion one of the undoubted achievements of contemporary Irish children’s literature’
Children’s Books in Ireland
‘A very rich and appropriate end to the trilogy’
The Big Guide to Irish Children’s Books
‘Three novels which in my opinion, must be counted among the very highest achievements of contemporary children’s writing- from Ireland or elsewhere’
It’s always interesting to see how covers change over the years or what ones are used in different countries. Here’s a selection to look through.