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Manchán Magan
Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers and Other Irish Words for Nature

A stunning new book from best-selling author Manchán Magan. This book explores his fascination of words, particularly Irish words, with all of their complex meanings and associations, and their connections to the natural world. Manchán brings his infectious wonder and enthusiasm for the Irish language to a younger audience, offering delightful translations and explanations of animal, bird, fish, insect and nature words. When you see the world through Irish, you see the world differently. It is beautifully illustrated by Steve Doogan.

‘In Irish there are so many great rain words and magic words and highly specific natural words (such as the material put on the hooves of donkeys to stop them slipping in ice), or words to communicate with animals, or evocative plant words, or the gorgeous words for different amounts of light in the sky, or words that hint at different ways of seeing colour, or twilight words … ’