The story opens in the living-room of the Four Master's Bookshop on Ormond Quay in Dublin, on an autiumn evening. The bookseller Eugene O'Clery, his wife Ellis his schoolboy son Patrick, his nine-year-old daughter Bridgie, with her beloved cat Mog and her rag-doll Migeen, together with the O'Clery's faithful servant, the widow Flanagan, are seated at high tea. They are reading books propped against milk jugs (the room is full of books) or staring at the traffic by the Liffey or at the people hunched against the cold east wind blowing in from Dublin Bay.
In to this setting comes Shane Madden, a runaway orphan searching for his dashing but unreliable hero, Uncle Tim. How Shane finds work in the bookshop in Dublin and sucseeds in his quest is the theme of this charming and vivid story which will be enjoyed by boys and girls of ten and over.
My Puffin Books