Imagine Ireland: Two books for a summer read

If you’ve finished off most of your summer reading list, here are two more that will take your imagination on a figurative holiday to Ireland. It’s been a bumper summer for Irish writing superstars.

The legendary Edna O’Brien released her memoir Country Girl at the beginning of the summer. Her writing is beautiful – as you’d expect – and there are some great stories of her early years and also her celebrity life: read how the 80-year-old O’Brien feels about being kissed by Jude Law. Here’s my review: Country Girl.

Edna O'Brien


Then, just a couple of weeks ago, Roddy Doyle’s follow-up to The Commitments came out. The Jimmy Rabbittes Jr. and Sr. are older, but they’re no less funny than the first time around. Here’s my review of The Guts.

The Guts

Happy summer reading …


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  1. Thank you for throwing those reviews up Deb. How right you are that it’s brave of Roddy Doyle to revist Barrytown – that trilogy was iconic. But he has such a great body of work now that he couldn’t possibly damage his reputation.
    Somehow I’ve missed Edna O’Brien’s works so you’ve inspired me to download the original Country Girls :-)

  2. Ah, Roy, you’re in for a treat. She sure was gutsy writing when she did, and having the whole of the Catholic church despising her at such a young age. Let me know what you think of her book… And thanks for being interested in the reviews. Appreciated!

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