Back to Blackbrick by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Back to Blackbrick

Written by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

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February 2013 Debut of the Month

Can you change the past? Does knowing more about the past make the future more comprehensible and bearable? Cosmo, trying to come to terms with his grandfather’s failing mental health, explores some of these in an intriguing debut novel which is more a family story than a time travel adventure. When Cosmo’s grandfather hands him the key to the South Gates of Blackbrick Abbey he has no idea what he will find when he steps through them. It’s a fascinating journey of discovery and untangling which helps Cosmo come to terms with the complexities of his own life.


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Back to Blackbrick by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Cosmo's brother Brian died when he was ten years old. His mum hides her grief by working all the hours God sends and Cosmo lives with his grandparents. They've been carefree days as Granddad buys him a horse called John and teaches him all he knows about horses. But the good times have to come to an end and although he doesn't want to admit it, Cosmo knows his Granddad is losing his mind. So on one of the rare occasions when Granddad seems to recognise him, Cosmo is bemused that he gives him a key to Blackbrick Abbey and urges him to go there. Cosmo shrugs it off, but gradually Blackbrick draws him in...Cosmo arrives there, scared and lonely, and is dropped off at the crumbling gates of a huge house. As he goes in, the gates close, and when he turns to look, they're rusty and padlocked as if they haven't been opened in years. Cosmo finds himself face to face with his grandfather as a young man, and questions begin to form in his mind: can Cosmo change the course of his family's future?


Daisy Pennock, 13 I loved the magical feeling in this book and the characters in it were really easy to like, definitely a book I would recommend! Click here to read the full review

Katy Poulter, 12 Back to Blackbrick is amazing...I also think that it is the sort of book that whoever you are, you can find a character to relate to..Click here to read the full review

Morgan Steigmann Extremely unique, this book with grasp your full attention until the very last page...Click here to read the full review

Kalilah K ...a story that sends a thought-provoking message about the importance of remembrance Click here to read the full review


Orion has high expectations for this debut author, and deservedly so. Original and compelling, this is a beautifully written novel about love, loss, history and memory for readers of 10+. Wonderful storytelling. The Bookseller

About the Author

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald was born in New York in 1965 but grew up in Co. Dublin. She's a professor and associate vice president at the University of Limerick in Ireland, specialising in psychology and effective pedagogy in higher education, and has published several non-fiction books on teaching, learning and academic writing. She runs regular writers' retreats for academics and students in Ireland and internationally.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

7th February 2013




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