|Set among the people and places of Hazel Mc Intyre's childhood, 'Iron Wheels On Rocky Lanes' willevoke many memories and bring laughter and tears to the eyes of the reader. Every rural communityin Ireland will relate to the characters and events which unfold on each new page. Appealing to all, this book truly has something for everyone|
|These writings are loving
evocations of a childhood spent in Donegal. They capture the innocence
of that time, its sudden and compelling enthusiasms, its sadness and silences,
its pleasures and dismays, and, above all, the rare gift of having been
brought up in a small loving community. These are accurately drawn
pictures, but they also act as evocations of a warm community as
memory does its magical work of transformation
Professor Robert Welch: University of Ulster
is a good storyteller. She carries the reader along with her adding
to what might seem a common experience, a special quality. Her
sensitivity, her imagination and her empathy give to each episode a
deep and wide element of perception. Like a laser beam she enters deeply
into the human psyche. Here is a book one can recommend whole-heartedly
to everyone interested in human nature in all its moods.
Her first book Iron Wheels On Rocky Lanes recalling her Donegal childhood, was published in 1994 to outstanding critical ovation. The following are just a sample of what the newspaper critics had to say.
cozy friendly style in which hazel writes takes you into her world with
such ease and confidence thatyou almost feel you know the events intimately.
happy days, its all there and more. An excellent read."
accounts, drawn from the everyday experiences of childhood are touching
and moving, the prose evocative and lively. It is a tribute to Hazel
McIntyres talent that her accounts are deeply poignant one moment
yet heart-warming and uplifting the next. It is to be highly recommended."
captures the innocence of the age as she grew up in the Donegal of the
fifties The most charming and entertaining of the present books of the
same genre currently on the Market."
tales and memories are written in a straightforward way, giving the
work a personal touch. There are however plenty of twists and turns
in the comic yet touching stories. It’s a most enjoyable read, further
enhanced by some thought-provoking-poetry."
"Don’t forget reading for yourself yarns like the one, in that age of respect for the professional man, when the new doctor tentatively pronounced as dead a man who had fallen from a ladder; the supine victim was of a different opinion and groaned. "I’m not dead," only to be put firmly in his place by a bystander. "Oh, will you shut up. do you thing you know better than the doctor?
pieces are innocent and warm, sometimes reflectively sad and always
filled with love."