Last month's book winners: Cathal O'Connor, Co Cork; Mary Walsh, Castlegregory, Co Kerry; Fintan Roche,
Bandon, Co Cork; Mrs R Mackey, Li ord, Co Donegal; Alanna Shanahan, Bandon, Co Cork; Eileen Walsh,
Enniscorthy, Co Wexford; Fionnuala Kiernan, Ballybay, Co Monaghan, Rose O'Neill, Nenagh, Co Tipperary;
Ciaran McCarthy, Clonakilty, Co Cork; John Coyle, Naul, Co Dublin; Marcus Hickey, Ballyjamesdu , Co
Cavan; Michael Cummins, Blessington, Co Wicklow.
The King of Lavender
Saskia watches the lives
of others from her eyrie
in Lavender Square with
a lonely fascination.
While the teacher, the
recluse, the advertising whizz-kid and the
African woman and her young son run,
rush, dart and dash, she knows for sure
that she will never have anything worth
But, sometimes, all it takes is a little magic
to bring people together. And, in Lavender
Square, where the lavender grows in
mysterious abundance and colours the air
with a musky sense of love, magic is never
very far away.
The neighbours, who once passed each
other by in detached universes, find
themselves thrown together when they
are obliged to take care of young Patrick
Kimba. His mother is seriously ill and
no one knows when or if she is ever
coming home. At first, they resist the
tiresome interruption, until quite by
accident, Patrick's dream of becoming
a football star and finding his long-lost
father becomes theirs, and their lives and
heartaches become woven together in a
new and unexpected pattern.
What does Patrick dream of
becoming one day?
Queen of the
Ploughing: My Story
Anna May McHugh
Anna May McHugh's
name is synonymous
with `the Ploughing'
championships of the
National Ploughing Association. The event
is the biggest outdoor agricultural show in
Europe and Anna May is the driving force
behind its spectacular growth.
Anna May now tells her story. Her
description of growing up as part of a large
family in rural Co Laois is an evocative
and affectionate account of an Ireland
that is now gone. But in her account of
how she went from being a secretary of
the Ploughing Association, her first job, to
becoming to her own amazement its
managing director 20 years later, is a story
of leadership and people skills that are
very much of the 21st century. Anna May
was truly ahead of her time.
Still living in Co Laois, close to where she
grew up, and now in her 80s, Anna May
still runs the multi-million euro operation
from her home, alongside her daughter,
Queen of the Ploughing is a captivating
read, full of warmth, lively stories and
Anna May's sharp observations. And it's
not just about Anna May's life, but is also
a celebration of the best of Irish life over
With what event is Anna May's
There Was a
Scott makes enemies
people want him dead.
He's coming back to
Ireland to finish what he
started. But first, he must make it out of
Jen knows Scott will come back. Every
day, she waits. He almost killed her last
time and, fuelled by hate and arrogance,
he's not a man to ever just move on. But
her husband and friends believe she has
spiralled into paranoia.
So, she knows, when Scott returns, she'll
face him alone.
In this powerful thriller, Hogan plunges us
into the world and mind of a dangerous
killer from the first line and relentlessly
tightens the tension until the very last
From where must Scott escape alive?
IFM has three excellent page-turners up for grabs this month: The King of Lavender
Square by Susan Ryan; Queen of the Ploughing: My Story by Anna May McHugh; and There
Was a Crooked Man by Cat Hogan. To be in with a chance to win, answer the questions
below and send them to: Competitions, Irish Farmers Monthly, Units 2-4 Castlecourt,
Monkstown Farm, Glenageary, Co Dublin.
Answers must arrive by Friday, January 19.
Don't forget to follow the Irish Farmers Monthly
Twitter feed @farmersmonthly
Who's saying what on Twitter?
A snapshot of our favourite tweets
over the past few weeks
#Connemara #Christmas Join
us in #Kylemore
@KylemoreToday for our Dec
show. @SBBinashui @
padraigoceidigh Leo Moran
Annabella Lydon, Sister Karol
Michael Creed TD
"Without adequate funding
the CAP is an empty vessel"
is my clear message in my
address to the `Cap sur la
' Conference at
@OECD in Paris #PAC
The Olson Family of St.
Joseph, Illinois are pictured
here with their new
will be used to feed
Being Chair of @Bordbia for
the past years has been
an enormous honour, it's a
great organization. Next few
years will also be an exciting
period for the food, drink
and horticulture sectors.
Did you know % of yogurt
on Irish supermarket shelves
is imported? Surprising for a
dairy exporter. @KantarTNS
@Bordbia for valuable insight
& data. @LoveIrishFood
#Irish products, can #NPD
encourage Irish consumers to
seek more Irish yogurt?