Una and the Sea Cloak by Malachy Doyle


Una and the Sea Cloak by Malachy Doyle

Martin can't believe his eyes when a strange girl staggers out of the sea. 'How can I go home now my sea-cloak is in tatters?' she cries. 'When I wore it I could fly, walk and swim to my home at the bottom of the sea.' Martin and his mother decide to help Una, and Martin searches far and wide for the things they need to repair Una's cloak: silver grasses...tiny green feathers...rare shells...Then comes the day when Una can at last fly away, and soon Martin begins to miss his new friend.


This tale, expertly told by Malachy Doyle, evokes an ethereal quality that is perfectly captured by Alison Jay's hauntingly bold and magical illustrations. Folk and Fairy Tales A Book Guide Booktrust

About the Author

Malachy Doyle

Malachy Doyle was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland in 1954. His parents had recently moved up from Dublin and named him, their seventh child, after a local saint. They lived in Whitehead, a small town at the mouth of Belfast Lough all his childhood; his father still lives there. He went to secondary school (Saint Malachy’s College) in Belfast, and then to Bolton, Lancashire where he studied for a degree in Psychology. Malachy taught in Leeds for a year, followed by six months packing Polo Mints. He then worked for seven long years in advertising, firstly for Rowntree Mackintosh in York and later for general foods in Banbury, before buying a small holding in West Wales.

To feed his wife, Liz, their three young children, Naomi, Hannah and Liam (now teenagers), and numerous goats, pigs and chickens, Malachy took a job as a care assistant in a local Residential Special School. For the next seven years he darned socks, patched jeans and generally looked after the children there, before being offered the post of Deputy Head at another Special School. They moved to Machynlleth, a small town on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, and three years later he began to write for children. He now writes full time, apart from visiting schools or escaping into the mountains, and his books are available in eleven different languages.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 6


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Publication date

1st September 2005



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