Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain is the only survivor of the islanders evacuated from the Great Blasket Island in 1953/54. In 1953, he moved with his parents to Dunquin. An accountant by profession, he enjoyed a varied career. He lives in Cork, works with Gael Taca promoting Irish, and occasionally lectures at University College Cork. Patricia Ahern is the author of Picture Poetry Mallow and the co-author of In Search of the Missing and The Lightkeeper. She has an MA in Women's Studies, a HDip in Journalism and Media Communications and a BA in English and Sociology. Born in Mallow, she now lives in Ballinhassig, County Cork.
'Simply written but richly detailed.'* Sunday Times *
'Fascinating, touching book.'* The Wild Geese *
'Contributes significantly to the existing literature on Blasket living.'* Sunday Independent *
'Simply written [ - ] O Cathain's observations of the more ordinary aspects of life are sharp and valuable.'* The Irish Times *
'Remarkable.'* The Irish Catholic *