Travels In Irishry.
Tim Bradford, a Hammersmith-based young writer besotted with his mad Irish girlfriend, under the guise of selling her old Vauxhall, undertakes a variety of Irish journeys of varying length and style (Cork to Galway, Camden Town tube to Chalk Farm, etc). Through a succession of irreverent jokes, chance encounters, character sketches and ponderings, he brings the real Ireland to life as never before.
He kisses the Blarney Stone; hunts for Fungie the dolphin; has contentious conversations about Irish politics in pubs that end up in fights; explores the Celtic Twilight, pitting Daniel O'Donnell against W B Yeats. He asks questions that strike to the core of the Irish identity. Is Irish Music any good? Why are craft shops evil? What is the "craic"? Can Sinead O'Connor beat me at arm wrestling? What's the best pub in Ireland? Why are all Irish atheists Catholic? Why does it rain all the time? What did happen to Dana? Is Guinness good for you? Isn't it your round?
Bradford proves himself a sensitive Viking, a gobshite Kerouac wannabe, and a very funny writer indeed.