Born in Warrington, Pete McCarthy decides to go back to rural Ireland, to rediscover his Irishness. The feeling that you have heard this sort of thing all before doesn't last for long. There is a serious writer struggling to make himself heard above the many excellent jokes and this is what makes McCarthy's book so distinctive. Although he can crack Brysonesque quips with the best of them ("I've often wondered how businessmen used to cope before [mobile phones] were invented. How did they tell their wives they were on the train?"), and take us through hilarious and largely drunken set-pieces, McCarthy is equally at home discussing Celtic standing stones and the potato famine.
The resulting book is a wonderful debut. By the end, we, too, would like to move to Ireland. You sense that McCarthy has such a genuine feeling for Ireland, Irishness and Irish history that he can only temper his writing with side-splitting humour. In this way, his first book successfully embodies much of what it is to be Irish. --Toby Green --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I gave up reading it by page 100 -- it was boring and pointless! The author has a very cutting and sarcastic humour which I found kind of mean -- it doesn't paint the Irish in a... Read morePublished on March 1 2012 by Pat the cat
It's not often I'm laughing out loud all through a book. As someone toying with an Irish pilgrimage this book has given me things to ponder. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by S. Welsh
This is an easy hilarious trip by someone who sees life as a joy. Some of the negative reviews are possibly by people who are ultra PC. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by Brian W Beck
If you've spent any time in Ireland, you will laugh at loud at this book. And for those who haven't been to Ireland, it offers interesting insight.Published on Jan. 29 2004
I've read the other reviews - they are mostly very good. I can see why - there are a lot of laughs in this book and it is accurate. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2003 by mkirksmith
Started to read this book, belonging to our hostess, in Ireland. We laughed out loud so much that we ran out and bought a copy of each of Pete McCarthy's books. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003
When I saw the two miserable reviews below from Irish readers I had to counter with a positive one. This is an hilarious read. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by Rich Rennicks
I think the important thing to know about this book, is that it requires a very dry sense of humour. And it certainly helps if you know the author. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2003 by Mark R McTrustry