JJ Liddy and his family live in the village of Kinvara. Like many fifteen year olds, he never seems to have quite enough time to fit in his homework in amongst everything else in his life, helping out on the family’s farm, spending time with friends and his music. But JJ is not the only one, everyone in Kinvara is aware that the, is just never enough time.
So, when his mother asks for ‘more time’ for her birthday present, JJ promises to do what he can.
But, JJ is about to discover that buying his mum some more time is going to ask much more of him than doing a few extra chores around the place.
Before he really knows what is happening JJ learns of a dark shadow that hangs over his family history (could it really be true his great-grandfather murdered the village priest?) and then soon after he finds him self in the land of Tír na n’Óg.
The land of eternal youth and it’s fairies are also having their own problems with time, this time they suddenly have too much of the stuff.
It’s up to JJ to find the leak and fix it, along the way he will also discover the truth about his grand-father.
While he is in, Tír na n’Óg, a new policeman is in town. Garda, Larry O’Dwyer’s reasons for being in town are not immediately obvious, but end up having a significant bearing on the plot.
This is a book that has been on my radar for sometime, it won both the Whitbread and Guardian’s children’s book prizes in 2005, and I’ve seen it mentioned in numerous book lists and things since, but I was never tempted to pick up a copy, sure I’d looked at it a time or two, but always ended up buying something else.
Because this is a fabulous book, with a wonderful lyrical tone both on the pages (every chapter is preceded by the sheet music for a traditional Irish tune) and woven unseen throughout the lines of text. Whether or not it is explicitly mentioned, there is always music in the background.
The story itself is everything you’d want out of a tale rooted in Irish folklore, it is filled to the brim with a magical, mythical and most importantly fanciful concoction, that is difficult to put down.
There is also the mystery as to who the titular ‘The New Policeman’ is, and it is one I thought I’d worked out, turns out I was only half right And that’s all I’m telling you!
Oh and if you ever wondered just where those odd socks go, then this is a must read.
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