Fugitives A Story of the Flight of the Earls by Aubrey Flegg

Fugitives A Story of the Flight of the Earls

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Fugitives A Story of the Flight of the Earls by Aubrey Flegg

A story of tension, danger and conquest. When young Con disappears, the others must find him - and quickly. His father Hugh O'Neill, the great Ulster chieftain, is about to depart, forever. The Irish have lost at the Battle of Kinsale, and now there is nothing left for them in their own land. Hugh's son is in great danger - and he doesn't even know it! What would the English do to him if they caught him? Especially now as his father may be gathering another foreign army to threaten their own conquest of Ireland? Can his cousin and friends, Fion, Sinead and James, find him? Will their hunt across wild landscapes, through dense woodlands and over high mountains, chased by English soldiers and adventurers, and occasionally guided by the mysterious 'Haystacks', take them to the boy? Will they manage to get him to Lough Swilly in time for the escape boat to France? The Great Hugh O'Neill is waiting anxiously ...Based on true facts from the 1600s.


'terrific story of tension, danger and conquest that will appeal to boys and girls aged eight and over'

'the seamless blend of fiction and historic facts gives reality to this well-researched story, which sparks with tension and excitement throughout'

'stirring stuff for readers aged 10-plus'

'The author 'not only invents a good story that will appeal to modern readers but recreates an authenticity about the people involved and the world they lived in full of contemporary detail -- Books Ireland 'Flegg takes a minor incident in one of the most iconic moments of Irish history and develops a tale out of it that is part adventure story and part history lesson'

'another way of teaching younger readers about history from O'Brien Press'

'well written, carefully researched'

'if you'd like to keep things Irish this Christmas, try Aubrey Flegg's Fugitives, a fictional re-imagining of the Flight of the Earls which guarantees thrills aplenty and a dash of history to boot'

'the allegiances of 17th-century Ireland come vividly to life in a well-paced story ... complete with lively heroine ... of the Flight of the Earls'

'This is a compelling chase story, which gets going from the first chapter and doesn't lose its pace. While most children are obsessing over vampires, this book is a great alternative to show that the thrill of a chase is not only for Robert Pattinson typ -- In Touch 'This is a compelling chase story, which gets going from the first chapter and doesn't lose its pace ... suited to children in senior classes and could be used as a class novel to compliment a thematic approach in history planning.'

'While most children are obsessing over vampires, this book is a great alternative to show that the thrill of a chase is not only for Robert Pattinson types.'

'memorable characters ... well plotted and fast moving with a lot of potential discussion points about friendship, trust, loyalty and teamwork. It packs a good geography lesson for those who don't know Ireland too.'

'It's a complicated historical backdrop and one with which many readers will be completely unfamiliar. Aubrey Flegg does a great job in explaining it.'

'It's a gripping story ... terrific read, fast-paced and exciting.'

'the episodes recounting the perilous flight of the children through Ulster are fingernail-biting in the extreme. This is heart-in-mouth stuff, and it is with some regret that I reached the final pages ... thoroughly recommended for boys and girls of nine -- Books Ireland 'As in Wings over Delft, Aubrey Flegg mingles fact and fiction to create an atmospheric and wholly believeable tale.'

'The complicated historical background is sketched in as the reader progresses but does not impede the story and there are useful historical notes at the end, and joy of joys there is a map! So many historical novels involve a journey and a map is essenti -- Books for Keeps 'This is an exciting old-fashioned adventure story'. -- Books for Keeps 'I believe fiction books should be about the story first and this book is and is a very good read - the history that we pick up is incidental and very nice to have and it hasn't impacted the story ... Throughout the book they do and say things that gave m -- Nayu's Reading Corner 'a complex and familiar story, clearly told without succumbing to overglorification or simplification ... honestly written, maintaining the nobility of the tale ... an exceptional depiction of life in Ireland in the 1600s ... Aubrey Flegg has created a no -- Inis Magazine'

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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256 pages
Interest Age: From 10


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O'Brien Press Ltd

Publication date

11th October 2010



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