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
Hazel 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.
Brian Bonner: Author and Historian
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.