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THE BAD TIMES IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT AMAZON.COM HERE

BOOKSELLERS, LIBRARIES, EDUCATORS AND RESELLERS INTERESTED IN STOCKING THE BAD TIMES, PLEASE EMAIL: textbookorders@xanedu.com

Publisher: Quinnipiac University Press and XanEdu Publishing Inc; 1st edition (Dec. 30, 2015)
Paperback: 118 pages   Language: English
ISBN-10: 0990945413   ISBN-13: 978-0990945413

CAN FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE SURVIVE IRELAND'S GREAT HUNGER?

THE BAD TIMES is a graphic novel set during the Irish Famine (or, The Great Hunger), a disaster precipitated by the failure of the potato crop, but exacerbated by the inadequate policies of the British government and the cruelty and opportunism of some landowners and merchants. When the story commences, in late summer 1846, the potato crop is about to fail for a second time. Brigit, Daniel and Liam are three teenage children from the west of Ireland who live through the horrors of the Great Hunger, also known as “the bad times”. Their friendship keeps them strong as they each have to make tough decisions in order to survive.

WHAT MAKES THE BAD TIMES UNIQUE ?

THE BAD TIMES is the first graphic novel to be produced on the topic of the Great Hunger.  Although it is aimed at young readers, like all graphic novels, it can be read and appreciated by people aged from 8 to 80.

More than simply telling a good story based on a tragic event in Irish history, THE BAD TIMES contains many teachable and relatable moments that can introduce young people to issues that are relevant today – concerning social justice,  human rights, emigration and dislocation, and love and humanity in the midst of catastrophe. 

To assist educators, a number of key curriculum questions have been created by Dr. Anne Dichele of Quinnipiac University and can be found HERE. Additionally, historical background and primary sources have been provided by Professor Christine Kinealy. 

WHAT IS THE GREAT HUNGER?

The Great Hunger (or an gorta mór) refers to a tragic period in Irish history when more than one million people
died of famine or famine-related diseases. Many Irish speakers simply referred to this calamity as an drochshaol,
which roughly translates as “the bad times”.

 

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Meet the Characters


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Dan O'BriEn

Dan lives with parents. His brother and sister live elsewhere. Dan’s father is Patrick (Pat) O’Brien, her mother, Biddy O’Brien. Dan is the youngest child; his brother, Séamus, has emigrated from Ireland to Boston in the US; his older sister, Honora, is a maid in the ‘Big House’ owned by Colonel Vandeleur.   Vandeleur owns the land on which Dan and Brigit’s families live on.  They occupy (rent) a quarter of an acre of land. Brigit’s family occupy two acres.  Dan is named after the Irish ‘Liberator’, Daniel O’Connell.  Dan is always accompanied by his beloved dog, (pronounced Coo). Dan is age 14.

Brigit O'Dea

Her father is John O’Dea and her mother, Mary O’Dea. She has twin siblings who are younger, Marie and Michael and her grandmother (Mamó) – Peggy – lives with them. Brigit is age 13.

Liam Hayes

Liam is an only child. His mother is dead. He lives with his father William Hayes, a shop-keeper and pawn-broker. Liam is age 14.

Cú is a black and white collie. He has lived with Dan since he was a puppy and is devoted to him. Cú is 4 years old.

The following characters are real:

Father Comyn

The local Catholic priest. He is a supporter of Daniel O’Connell and, tellingly, his cottage is named ‘Repeal Cottage’. He works with the local Protestant minister, Rev. Martin (also a real person) and visiting Quakers to bring soup to the local poor. 

Thomas Grubb and James Harvey

Two Quakers (members of the Society of Friends) who were part of a larger nationwide movement to provide relief. They were part of the Limerick Relief Committee. One 15 February 1847, Grubb and Harvey were asked to travel to the west of Clare, including Kilmicheal (which is close to Kilkee) on behalf of the Limerick committee.[1]

Colonel Vandeleur

Vandeleur does not appear in the text, but we hear of him as the owner of a local ‘Big House’ (where Honora is employed) and landlord of Brigit and Dan’s families. He achieved notoriety for the ruthless way in which he evicted his tenants after 1847: he evicted as many as 180 familiesamounting to just over 1,000 persons - alarger number than any of his fellow landlords in the Kilrush Union.

[1] http://books.google.com/books?id=ZY4sAAAAYAAJ&q=Kilrush#v=onepage&q=Kilrush&f=true

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Professor Christine Kinealy

 Founding Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, Christine Kinealy is the author of number of books on the Famine, including the award-winning This Great Calamity. The Great Famine in Ireland, 1845-52 (1995 and 2007) and Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland. The Kindness of Strangers (2013). She, and her children, Siobhán and Ciarán, now reside in the United States. 

John A. Walsh

John A. Walsh tells stories. Some are told with words; others with pictures. John's stories are told with both.

John’s passion for storytelling comes from being the youngest of five children, a lifetime of daydreams and from reading too many comic books. In order to tell stories, he has swept Church floors, sold woman’s shoes, designed advertisements and even carried his own weight in fresh fruit.

His graphic novel, GO HOME PADDY, about 19th century Irish immigration to America, is being serialized online at www.gohomepaddy.com

John lives in Boston with his wife and daughter. More of his work can be discovered at www.johnawalsh.com.

Photo credit: Damian Strohmeyer

Photo credit: Damian Strohmeyer

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THE BAD TIMES IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT AMAZON.COM HERE

BOOKSELLERS, LIBRARIES, EDUCATORS AND RESELLERS INTERESTED IN STOCKING THE BAD TIMES, PLEASE EMAIL: textbookorders@xanedu.com

Publisher: Quinnipiac University Press and XanEdu Publishing Inc; 1st edition (Dec. 30, 2015)
Paperback: 118 pages   Language: English
ISBN-10: 0990945413   ISBN-13: 978-0990945413

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