Is Shane MacGowan Still Alive?

Is Shane MacGowan Still Alive?

2.72 (29 ratings by Goodreads)
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A book of Irish journies, both real and imagined, as the author (believing himself to be an East Midlands version of Jack Kerouac) sits in pubs and listens to old men's stories, laughs at and falls in love with mad Irishwomen, sings folksongs, cries in the rain and vomits in soft green fields, while trying to get a decent price for a 1.4L Vauxhall Corsa. On the way he creates some new Irish myths and legends, such as the Singing Leprechaun Liberation Front, Kevin the Carp of Storytelling, the kiln-fired dogshit jewellery and the nymphomaniac jazz chicks.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 216mm | 411g
  • Flamingo
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 40 b/w illus
  • 0002258560
  • 9780002258562

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'This is an absolute must for anyone who's ever indulged even a moment of romantic yearning for all things Hibernian. Like some latter day Kerouac, Tim Bradford drives around the Emerald Isle in search of captivating wild women, poetry, folk songs and of course, the odd pint or two. He meets Europe's spottiest hitcher and drives along Ireland's worst road; he gives a bluffer's guide to being Irish for those who aren't and provides an essential map of the land showing the distribution of conversational topics including house prices, moving statues and condom availability. Hilarious.' Scotsman 'An irreverent homage to Ireland...sly and funny.' Irish Post 'An engagingly whimsical tour, in which Bradford seeks to discover what it means to be Irish (and indeed Oirish), where the best Guinness is found, whether Irish music is any good, and sundry related topics. This is always amusing and frequently laugh-out-loud funny: Bradford can see the serious in the inconsequential and vice versa. He comes across as the kind of guy you'd love to have a drink or three with... A book that achieves the difficult feat of being light in tone, funny and human. I await his next with pleasure.' Glasgow Herald
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About Tim Bradford

TIM BRADFORD is a freelance writer and illustrator. He has written for the NME, When Saturday Comes, Empire and Amateur Photographer. His drawings have appeared in the Observer and the Express. He lives in London and is an enthusiastic trainee Celt.
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29 ratings
2.72 out of 5 stars
5 7% (2)
4 14% (4)
3 41% (12)
2 21% (6)
1 17% (5)
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