Publication Date: 17/03/2023 ISBN: 9781915071064 Category:

The Tain

Alan Titley, Eoin Coveney

Publisher: Little Island
Publication Date: 17/03/2023 ISBN: 9781915071064 Category:
Paperback / Softback


Become the envy of all book lovers with your own Mr B’s sticker to show off where you do your shopping.



Queen Maeve’s army is marching north to steal the great brown bull, the pride of Ulster. But one man stands in their way. Cuchulainn, the Hound of Ulster, vowed in boyhood to protect his homeland – even if it means taking on an invading army himself.

One by one Maeve’s warriors challenge the hero, and one by one they fall. Can Cuchulainn hold out until reinforcements arrive – and how will he fare against the one man in Ireland he doesn’t want to fight?

Ireland’s most important myth is retold in English for children by the great scholar of Old Ireland, Alan Titley. Titley goes back to the source material and his translation sparkles with the wit and humour, as well as the thrill and battle, of the ancient tale. Illustrations by artist Eoin Coveney lend a modern feel. This is Irish myth as you haven’t read it before.

Publisher Review

"A welcome rival to the widely available versions of European tales." * Sara Keating, The Irish Times * "This gutsy, vivid, gruesomely humorous retelling of the seminal Irish myth is perfectly judged for folklore addicts." * The Guardian * "Accessibly written and as full of gore as the battle itself ... it will instigate discussions about war, heroism, myths and legends." * BookTrust * "This is a fantastic story." -- BBC Radio 4 "Updating the language while keeping the story true to its time is a tricky tightrope but it's beautifully managed here, and the many illustrations by Eoin Coveney are rich and atmospheric." * Meath Chronicle * "Alan's writing is clear and easy to follow, and Eoin's illustrations are a marvel. They're just beautiful; I could spend hours examining them for different details. The story is exciting and moves along at the right speed." * Read and Reviewed *

Find this book on the following lists

Book experts at your service

What are you looking for?

A recommendation
Something specific
  • Mr B's Recommendation Station
  • Fill in the three questions below, along with your name and email address, and our book experts will be in touch soon with their personal recommendations

  • I'm after something specific
  • Tell us about the book, author or subject you're looking for, along with your name and email address and our book experts will be in touch as soon as possible