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Round Ireland in a Tank

Advantages: A witty and charming journey of discovery
Disadvantages: A 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 writer ...

Silverback 17.01.2003 · Read full review
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Lost: One Sense Of Belonging

Advantages: Insightful, amusing, fascinating
Disadvantages: Falls a fraction flat before the end perks things up again

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, ...

Puggers 26.04.2005 · Read full review
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You won't be able to resist the smile

Advantages: Would give almost any reader the travel itch and urge to visit Ireland - in this man's company, id
Disadvantages: The unfocused style will drive some batty, I suspect

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 mee ...

andyk910 26.11.2009 · Read full review
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Gonna change my name....

Advantages: Great read
Disadvantages: Needs 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? ...

MarkKerr 06.05.2002 · Read full review
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The Immutable Laws of Travel

Advantages: Light reading,
Disadvantages: It 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 hav ...

helencbradshaw 24.07.2003 · Read full review
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