Edward Forde Hickey - Author

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In early life, Edward Forde Hickey lived in Tipperary (Dolla) and now lives with his wife in Kent. They have three sons. Edward is retired and has been writing sporadically since his London University days, when he studied Classics.

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Footsteps in the Dew Tales from the Chimney Corner

Footsteps in the Dew Tales from the Chimney Corner

Author: Edward Forde Hickey Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Footsteps in the Dew is a novel which details the social history of rural Ireland between the two World Wars. In days when the immediacy of television was unavailable, the richness of human speech was the main source of daily entertainment. These tales are written in a similar lyrical language as used by a past generation of storytellers. They range from the uniqueness of family law to tales of heroes, adventurers and even murderers. There is a dichotomy expressed in the role of men and women towards nationalism, the gentry, the clergy and also alternative faiths (e.g. Protestantism and Quakerism). The freedom of men is noticeable (for it is only the men who spin tales) in contrast to the yearly struggles of women and childbearing. One tale includes the stain of illegitimacy and the ostracising of the young girl to lifelong `laundry work' with the nuns. As might be expected, the book ends with a tale of romantic love -- of reconciliation and jubilation.

Early Morning Light

Early Morning Light

Author: Edward Forde Hickey Format: eBook Release Date: 28/03/2017

'The life of this little evacuee couldn't be more different from those other unlucky children his own age, who had been left behind in a state of dreamy delirium on the battered streets of London.' While World War II was raging and turmoil spread throughout Europe, thousands of children were evacuated in the hope of protecting them from the trauma of war. Among these children was newly-born Edward (Teddy), who was rescued from the terror of the London Blitz by his parents and sent to live with his grandmother in Tipperary, Ireland. He spent his childhood among the vibrant hillside community, where he had the rare opportunity to develop at the hands of nature. The Early Morning Light is a celebration of his young life, which was a stark contrast to those of countless other children living traumatised across Europe. This detailed account explores the gradual change of Edward's life as a small boy throughout World War II, with a continuous undercurrent of how his life may have been had he never been evacuated. Sharing some of his favourite childhood memories, including his hunting and fishing expeditions with his uncle, Edward shares with the reader a very different story to other wartime memoirs. Written in the same linguistic manner as the Irish tales of the time, The Early Morning Light moves poetically as it tells his touching story. Inspired by literary greats such as Virgil and Kafka, The Early Morning Light is a compelling memoir that will appeal to those who enjoy reading about family life during the Second World War.

A New Day Dawning Those scallywag days in post-war rural Tipperary

A New Day Dawning Those scallywag days in post-war rural Tipperary

Author: Edward Forde Hickey Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2016

A New Day Dawning is set in the unreal world of Rookery Rally, which portrays Tipperary countryside and a hillside community in the late 1940s. It follows a group of children through their formative years as their personal beliefs and personalities develop. Alternating acts of good and evil are carried out by the children as they struggle to set their own moral compasses. They walk three miles to bring back a puppy for an old man left broken-hearted by the death of his dog; they accompany their parents on a hunt and share in the act of killing foxes and their cubs; they drown a tinker's pup; they turn over a new leaf and promise to be good after a stern fire-and-brimstone sermon. There's stop-and-start progression within the children's moral development as they try to prove themselves good and worthy people on their jaunty adolescent journey towards adulthood. Will the good outweigh the bad? Will optimism outweigh the cynicism of today's world?

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