Life on a Famine Ship A Journal of the Irish Famine 1845-1850 by Duncan Crosbie


Life on a Famine Ship A Journal of the Irish Famine 1845-1850 by Duncan Crosbie

Nine-year-old Michael O'Connor's story is typical of the two million Irish people who fled the Great Famine of Ireland between 1845 and 1850. We accompany Michael and his family through repeated failures of the potato crop that force them to leave Ireland. They seek passage on the sailing ship Dunbrody, bound for North America, where the family strives to rebuild a life in the New World. This beautifully illustrated book is packed with facts and real-life details of that journey. It includes two fascinating pop-ups of the Dunbrody famine ship which carried hundreds of emigrants from Ireland to America and Canada. It offers an unusual and innovative introduction for children to this extraordinary period of Irish history, and will impress on them the bravery and fortitude of their ancestors.

About the Author

Duncan Crosbie has written many books for children, both fiction and non-fiction, and his particular interest is history. He has researched this subject carefully and is able to combine historical facts with a readable narrative style which brings the information to life.

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24 pages


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Publication date

1st November 2005



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