Wings Over Delft by Aubrey Flegg

Wings Over Delft

Written by Aubrey Flegg
Part of the Louise Trilogy Series

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Winner of the Bisto Book of the Year Award 2004 and Reading Association of Ireland Award 2005 and published by a hugely admired small family publisher in Ireland called O’Brien Books. This is a wonderful story, the quality of the writing is superb and the ending so unexpected and so moving. You’ll be completely captivated by the story of Louise, the daughter of a wealthy Dutch family whose life is all mapped out as it always has been for generations before, but love, art and history combine to change that life and some of those around her forever. Adults will enjoy this trilogy, of which this is the first as much as 12 year olds and teenagers. The Rainbow Bridge is the second and just out is the final one, In the Claws of the Eagle. Wings over Delft begins in mid 17th century Holland, The Rainbow Bridge takes us onwards through the 18th century and the French Revolution and finally this unforgettable trilogy comes to its conclusion with In the Claws of the Eagle in Austria in the early 20th century and then onwards to the Nazis and their acquisition of a massive art collection.


Wings Over Delft by Aubrey Flegg

Nearly two hundred and sixty years before Izaac Abrahams was born in 1910, a master painter, Jacob Haitink, who lived in the tiny town of Delft in Holland, undertook to paint the portrait of a sixteen-year-old Dutch girl, Louise Eeden. He did so against his own best judgement because he knew that if he failed to capture this girl's illusive beauty it would destroy him. But he did succeed, just as she succeeded in capturing the heart of his young apprentice Pieter. When the portrait, probably his finest work, was nearing completion, the Master prophesised that one day, long after they were all dead, Louise Eeden would live again in the hearts and minds of people who saw her portrait.


'The gentle love story takes the reader through dark intrigue, religious unrest and the palpable, cultural atmosphere of life in a Dutch city, to an unexpected conclusion. A well-tailored and absorbing read for adults as well as for age 12-plus.'

'A story full of individual stories, each of which contributes to a final picture which is immensely rich and colourful ... It is one of Flegg's most impressive achievements that he portrays so credibly a society (and indeed a Europe) on the verge of numerous forms of discovery, not least about itself ... An assured piece of writing which more than fulfils the promise expressed in the Whitman lines which serve as its epigraph: You shall listen to all sides and filter them from yourself .'

- The Irish Times The Irish Times 'an exquisitely crafted novel which will stay in the reader's memory long after the closing pages are read.

- Inis Magazine Inis Magazine 'I found myself captivated ... And as for the sequel? Can't wait.

's Whitbread Award-Winner 'A wonderful story set in a very exciting time, the quality of the writing is superb and the ending unforgettably moving. A must for the school library.'

- The School Librarian The School Librarian

About the Author

Aubrey Flegg

Aubrey Flegg was born in Dublin. His early childhood was spent in County Sligo, Ireland. He went to school in Dublin and later in England. After a spell with a mountain rescue team in Scotland, he returned to Ireland to study geology at Trinity College. He then did geological research in Kenya, before joining the Geological Survey of Ireland in 1968. Aubrey recently took early retirement in order to concentrate on writing.

His first book, Katie's War, is about the civil war period in Ireland; it was published in 1997. Katie's War has recently won the Peter Pan Award 2000 -- an award created by IBBY Sweden for a children's book, translated into Swedish, which gives information on another culture.

Wings Over Delft, the first book in the Louise trilogy, won the Bisto Book of the Year overall award in 2004.

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208 pages


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O'brien Press Ltd

Publication date

1st October 2004




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O'brien Press Ltd is an imprint of O'Brien


The O'Brien Press is Ireland's leading general publisher of both adult and children's books. Our list covers a huge range, including biography, humour, photography, history, art, fiction, politics, cookery, sport, music, memoir, true crime and travel and we are constantly expanding into new and exciting areas.

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