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McCarthy's Bar - Pete McCarthy

Non-Fiction - Travel - ISBN: 3492240410

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Excellent

“Lost: One Sense Of Belonging”

published 26/04/2005

ProInsightful, amusing, fascinating

ConsFalls a fraction flat before the end perks things ...

Is it possible, ponders Pete McCarthy, to belong to a place in which you've never lived? Born and raised in the grim northern English town of St Helens, he insists he doesn't feel English, yet he's only ever spent time in Ireland, the land of his parents, on short childhood holidays. To discover...

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“Round Ireland in a Tank”

published 17/01/2003

ProA witty and charming journey of discovery

ConsA little unfocused. A map would have been useful

A book critic recently proposed the theory that every travel book needs a fridge. This was based on comedian Tony Hawks' book 'Round Ireland with a Fridge' - the most extreme example of high-concept travel writing. The critic claimed that most such writers - from Dr Johnson onwards - have had...

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Excellent

“Gonna change my name....”

published 06/05/2002

ProGreat read

ConsNeeds to be read in private

What a brilliantly simple idea for a book! Travel around Ireland and visit as many bars as you can find that match your name. It would been more challenging if he’d picked somewhere like Japan for instance - would he have managed to obtain a drink at all? I wonder? Of course, relatively easy if...

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Super

ProWould give almost any reader the travel itch and u...

ConsThe unfocused style will drive some batty, I suspe...

McCarthy’s Bar What is this book about? Writer and performer Pete McCarthy is half English (his Dad) and half Irish. The book is a gentle travelogue, covering two trips to Ireland at about the turn of the millennium and tells of the people Pete meets, the places he goes, and the (lack of) logic...

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“McCarthy's Bore”

published 10/09/2003

ProIt's about a country that is only an hour away

ConsThe err 'humour'

“The funniest book I’ve read this year” writes John Walsh of The Independent in his endorsement of Pete McCarthy’s first book ‘McCarthy’s Bar’. ‘I disagree’ writes hoof in his Ciao opinion. I had been looking forward to reading this book since bringing it home from Ottakar’s, particularly after...

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Satisfactory

“The Immutable Laws of Travel”

published 24/07/2003

ProLight reading,

ConsIt just didnt appeal to my sense of humour

I had wanted to read this book for absolutely ages. McCarthy’s Bar written by Pete McCarthy was a title based on the Eight Rule of travel which says “Never pass a bar which has your name on it” – a sound piece of advice if I ever heard one. Not that I have ever seen a bar with my name on it, but...

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Excellent

ProA hugely funny book

ConsHard to put down(although this could also be an ad...

... Go on, sure its only a little book. It won't do ye any harm will it, so? - Sorry, just got a bit carried away with the old Father Ted/Mrs Doyle/Irish thing! I think I should start off with a few lines from the book: "On a bench by the wall two musicians were playing 'Happy Birthday' to...

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Excellent

ProRip Roaringly funny

ConsThere are none at all...

After reading McCarthy's Bar, you can take Bill Bryson and stick him up your Apalachian Trail! Bryson was, whilst informative, mildly entertaining for the first 100 pages or so (whereafter he lapsed into a dullness usually only experienced whilst queuing in the post office), Pete McCarthy...

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Excellent

ProHilarious, will have you laughing out loud, but al...

ConsHumour may possibly be lost on those with no Irish...

'McCarthy's Bar' is without a doubt the funniest book I have read for years. While reading I rarely went more than about five minutes without getting funny looks off my family for unexpected bouts of laughter. Pete McCarthy is born in England, with an Irish mother and English father. His book is...

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Excellent

ProGives you a funny insight into The Emerald Isle

ConsIt's a book, therefore has an end...

Today is a sad day. I discovered that Pete died last month, which came as a bit of a shock - The reason I decided to review his book, that I just this evening finished.... This isn't a long review because I have nothing but praise. I started reading it a week ago, and didn't put it down. Except...

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Good

“McCarthy's Bar”

published 09/07/2001

ProQuite amusing in parts

Consgot quite boring

This was what I ended up with as my holiday book, after 10 minutes looking at the best sellers in Manchester airport. It appealed to me straight away as I have a love for Ireland already and had just spent the last 12 months in Dublin and really regret not touring the West. Things didn't start...

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Excellent

“The world of Pete McCarthy”

published 28/03/2003

ProExcellently readable and entertaining

ConsNone that I am aware

For any Bill Bryson fans out there, this really is an outstanding book which I cannot recommend enough. The back cover descriptions make it sound like a raucous, drunken travelogue when, although admittedly it is very humourous, it is more of a wonderful description of Ireland today with all of...

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Non-Fiction - Travel - ISBN: 3492240410

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Type: Non-Fiction

Genre: Travel

Title: McCarthy's Bar

Author: Pete McCarthy

ISBN: 3492240410

EAN: 9783492240413

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