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The Arrival of Fergal Flynn Paperback – 1 Sep 2004


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland (1 Sep 2004)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0340832290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340832295
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A perfect blend of pathos and humour ... sensitively written.' Ireland on Sunday

'A brave and impressive achievement.' Dermot Bolger, Sunday Tribune

'The strength of the book is in the detail ... the dialogue ... and the humour.' Irish Times

'Intriguing and superbly constructed story.' Sunday World

'Highly recommended.' Woman's Way --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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For sixteen-year-old Fergal Flynn, growing up in 1980s Belfast isn't easy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov 2004
Format: Paperback
I picked the book up, just to have a quick look. That was just after lunch: at 8.30pm I put the book down, having read it from start to finish! What a read it was - I really couldn't put it down.From the very beginning of the story, of the young lad not very happy with his life, right through to his self discovery, via many trials and tribulations, joys and sadnesses, I felt drawn into the life portrayed. Having known of Brian through his "other career", singer/songwriter, I was not surprised that he could write this well though.He writes wonderful songs about real emotions, and the book is a real extension of this talent. Long may he continue to keep us entertained with fiction or poetry. An exceptional talent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sunsetovereden on 14 Nov 2005
Format: Paperback
"Mr O'Connell, the permanently itchy maths teacher, normally ignored Fergal Flynn in a friendly kind of way, until that particularly hungover Monday morning in 1982". The minute I saw the opening line of this book, I chuckled to myself, settled myself on the sofa with a cuppa and prepared for a pleasant afternoon's reading. What I was not prepared for was the emotional rollercoaster ride which Fergal Flynn would send me on. He engaged my interest from our earliest meeting and continued to inveigle his way into my affections as I followed his, at times, very painful journey from an abusive home life to the discovery by Father Mac of the wonderful voice that would be his salvation.
The Arrival of Fergal Flynn is a book about hope, about triumphing over adversity but, most of all, it is a love story and one that moved me to tears on more than one occasion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tealover on 13 Aug 2005
Format: Paperback
Just because someone is an excellent singer, song writer & performer it doesn't make them an excellent writer and so I was nervous (for BK) when I read this book. However my fears were misplaced as I read the entire book in 1 day and loved every page. It's touching, funny and truthful. I think that the character needed a huge hug because his family were so dysfunctional and unhappy it was hard to bear in places. However the ending is upbeat and so I can't wait for the next instalment later this year. Well done Brian...what an all rounder.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jan 2007
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Set in Belfast in the early 1980s at the time of the troubles, the Arrival of Fergal Flynn is a truly delightful story of triumph over adversity. Fergal Flynn is the troubled and lonely sixteen year old son of Paddy and Angela Flynn. He is the target of bullies at school. His sports mad father and older twin brothers physically abuse him, and he is the constant target of their verbal taunts; they consider him girly, a Nancy boy. His mother swings between abuse and reliance on his support in times of need. He has a crush on a boy at school, and avoids the showers for fear his uncontrollable body member will reveal his inclinations. He not surprisingly has very low self esteem.

Then a new priest arrives, Father Dermot MacManus, gay, a handsome young man of twenty seven years. Fergal first comes to his attention when he hears him harmonizing to an ambulance siren, and when they finally meet Father Mac sees Fergal as the potential soloist in his planned church choir. But a bond soon grows between the two; heighten by Fathers Mac's concern over Fergal's horrendous childhood. The beautiful relationship that follows not only builds Fergal's confidence in himself, helping realise he is in fact a good looking and talented young man, but proves to be the seed that sets Fergal on an undreamed of potential life of success.

This a very heart warming story; Fergal very quickly wins one's affections, and it is hard not to sympathise with the difficulties his relationship with Father Mac create. Fergal is the complete antithesis of his insensitive and brutal father and older twin brothers, and in Father Mac he finds someone who truly cares deeply and unselfishly for him. I found this a captivating and enjoyable tale, and towards the end there was a lump in my throat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. S. Merralls on 9 Sep 2004
Format: Paperback
WOW!! What a book!
Arriving home, stone cold sober, in the wee hours of morning after a wedding party I grabbed the debut novel of the fabulous Brian Kennedy, which had just been delivered that day, and got totally engrossed. Hour after hour passed by until I finally had to surrender to sleep. Awaking, in almost the same position I passed out in, novel by my side I continued to read forgetting about the world around me and taking an intimate trip in the world of the dear Fergal Flynn.
Being part of this funny, sexual and at times heartbreaking adventure got emotions within me stirring that have never been touched by a novel before. I physically laughed and cried and was very glad to be reading on my own. The story is told with such a passion that captures you and keeps you turning the pages without a thought to the world outside.
I finished the book that evening (less than 24 hours after starting it - and that's not bad for someone who takes weeks/months to read a book) and felt a sense of loss because it was finished, I had become so attached to Fergal and Father Mac, it was like losing a friend. I have since started it again and am reading it much slower this time so I can spend more time in Fergal's world.
If you haven't got your copy yet, go and get one and take a ride with Fergal on a roller coaster of emotion. Don't miss out.
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