Michael Scott

LifeWorksCriticismCommentaryQuotationsReferencesNotes

Life
Formerly worked at Webb’s Bookshop on Aston Quay, aged 17; later became manager of the antiquarian section at Hanna’s; issued Irish Folk and Fairy Tales, 3 vols. (1982), and other books of Irish legends; ed., Hall’s Ireland (1984); issued The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (2007), tipped to succeed Harry Potter in the young adult market, and The Necromancer (2010) - a sequel.

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Works
Fiction, Irish Folk and Fairy Tales, 3 vols. (Sphere 1982), and other books of Irish legends; The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (London: Random House 2007) [q.pp.]; The Necomancer (Doubleday 2010); The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Doubleday 2011).

For Children, Song of the Children of Lir (Dublin: DeVogel 1983); Windlord (Dublin: Wolfhound Press 1991); Earthlord (Dublin: Wolfhound Press 1992); Firelord (Dublin: Wolfhound Press 1994).

Miscellaneous, also ed., Hall’s Ireland: Mr & Mrs Hall’s Tour of 1840 [condensed edn.] (London: Sphere 1984), xix, 480pp., ill., maps.

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Criticism
See Róisín Ingle, ‘The next big thing’ [ interview-article], in Irish Times Magazine (11 Aug. 2007) [with photo-port].

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Commentary
Mary Shine Thompson, ‘Fascinatingly fragile Fowl’, review of The Necromancer [with others], in The Irish Times (31 July 2010), Weekend, p.13 [“Children 10-12”]: ‘There is more fantasy in Michael Scott’s fourth book about the immortal Nicholas Flamel The Necromancer (Doubleday £10.99). Hardly have twins Sophie and Josh arrived home to San Francisco than a vampire abducts Sophie. As if that is not enough, Flamel and his wife, Perenelle, are aging rapidly now that Dr Dee has stolen the Codex containing their immortality spell; and anyway, the twins cannot be sure that they can trust Flamel any longer. Dee’s villainy now extends to necromancy and worse. Treachery, not trust, propels this dizzying whirl of subplots with an obligatory threat to the universe and a cliffhanging, surprise ending.’

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