The Far Side of the Lough: Stories from an Irish Childhood

by Polly Devlin

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This collection of fictional short stories by Polly Devlin, are based on her own childhood in Ardboe, in Northern Ireland. The narrator is a little girl whose mother has died and who is being looked after by a strong, plain-speaking country woman called Mary Ellen Martin. Mary-Ellen's father was a fisherman on the Lough and their lives were simple. She tells her small charge about the characters who made up the little community: Old Forbie, Jem the Bridge, Barney Dugh, Mickel Heron. Hers are the stories of a child's world, where places seem bigger than they really are and events more momentous. Her 'world' is her immediate environment: the car lane, the pin tree, Golloman's Point, the graveyard and the Lough.
  • ISBN10 0416518206
  • ISBN13 9780416518207
  • Publish Date 12 September 1985 (first published 1 June 1983)
  • Publish Status Out of Print
  • Out of Print 17 December 2007
  • Publish Country GB
  • Imprint Mammoth
  • Edition New edition
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 96
  • Language English