Is anyone looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2017?
According to Irish legend, the shamrock or clover was used by the patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick as an analogy when explaining the Holy Trinity. That is a THREE leafed clover in case you are interested and the FOUR leafed clover is often a sign of good luck and is attributed to St. Patrick’s Day. Unfortunately it does not appear that Patrick had a great deal of that luck in his life. When he was 16 he was kidnapped by the Irish and forced to work as a slave. He was eventually able to escape and sought theological training in France. Once his training was complete, Patrick felt God calling him to go back and evangelize to the Irish; he was often beaten, chained and imprisoned during his time as a Bishop in Ireland. Despite his run of bad luck, he was coined St. Patrick by popular opinion (never officially canonized) and he is credited for converting many people to Christianity. For some heavier reading, you can read St. Patrick’s Confessio or The Confession of Saint Patrick.
So…in honour of everything green and Irish, I am posting some book recommendations that will have you speaking Irish slang, cuddling up with a pint (or not) and a great Irish themed book!
The Stolen Child by Lisa Carey
Little Girl Lost (DS Lucy Black Series, 1) By Brian McGilloway
A Line Made By Walking by Sara Baume (Expected Publication 18 April 2017)
The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore by W. B. Yeats
Borderlands (Inspector Devlin Series, #1) by Brian McGilloway
Clever Tom and the Leprechaun by Linda Shute
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Clover by Lucille Colandro
(And I’m pretty sure this Lady has swallowed just about everything now…)
“From Agamemnon to Zola: The books to look out for in 2017” ~ The Irish Times
12 Best Irish Novels for St. Patrick’s Day ~ The Daily Beast
Kindle Book Deals: Kindle Store ~ Amazon.ca
Happy Reading! ☘️