About Me

My love affair with books, like most, started at an early age and is never ending. My book reading preferences have changed over the years and I look forward to sharing my varied reading tastes with you. You will find a lot of Crime Fiction (a penchant for Scottish Crime writers features a lot.) and also I love reading non fiction History. Hopefully you will find some new authors and new favourites to continue your own reading journey. ENJOY!

Monday, March 23, 2020


In these times of uncertainty I'm very thankful for a good book. I usually find myself enjoying and reviewing a lot of crime fiction novels. Well today I thought I would change tack and review a fantastic uplifting read.

Meet Charlie Savage: a middle aged Dubliner with an indefatigable wife, an exasperated daughter and a drinking buddy who has realised he has been a woman all along......

Charlie Savage is a small book but the stories within are huge. This is a laugh out loud glimpse at the life of Charlie and his family. From the opening story of his three year old Grandson who wants a Tattoo for Christmas,  to the final reminiscence and significance of New Year this book is an absolute joy. I have not read a Roddy Doyle book for a very long time and I had forgotten how beautifully he writes the humour and heart of the Irish people. It's the heartfelt story of an ordinary man in ordinary circumstances and I adored it.
When I am in need of a pick up over the next challenging few months it is to Roddy Doyle's humour I will turn to.

For further reading check out the Barrytown Trilogy ( The Commitments, The Van and The Snapper) and the Two Pints collection of Stories.

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