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Downturn Abbey

Downturn Abbey [Kindle Edition]

Ross O'Carroll-Kelly
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Unremittingly funny (RTÉ Guide on The Shelbourne Ultimatum)

The preeminent satirist of our times ... says more about contemporary Ireland than a whole Aosdána's-worth of state-of-the-nation authors (Irish Times)

Paul Howard has brilliantly, seemingly effortlessly, catalogued the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger (Irish Independent)

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Since inheriting a pile in Killiney, Ross O'Carroll-Kelly - schools rugby legend, lover of the ladeez and award-winning author - can add a new string to his not inconsiderable (you know what I mean) bow - lord of the manor. Downturn Abbey is the story of how he tackles his new responsibilities. Or not.

The century is not yet a teenager, yet everything is shrouded in gloom. People are tightening their belts, rationing and making do. Across Europe, there is uncertainty, with the possibility of, like, serious conflict hanging in the air. Yet, amidst the splendour of Honalee - a mock-something-or-other mansion that Ross and Sorcha recently inherited - life goes on.

The world is changing quickly - especially for Ross. As he stares down the barrel of middle age, he has decided that it's time to possibly do right by Sorcha and put their marriage back together.

But he has even bigger challenges to face. His son has hitched his future to a family of commoners, his old dear is involved in a love affair that threatens disgrace for the family, and his daughter has turned into the worst little madam you can imagine. Oh, yeah, and he is about to become a grandfather at 31.

As Sorcha embraces her new life of afternoon teas on fine bone china plates and Downton Abbey theme porties, he is suddenly wrestling with duty, loyalty and the thousands of women out there who still desire the pleasure of his company.

Downturn Abbey is the thirteenth novel in Paul Howard's 'Ross O'Carroll-Kelly' series. Ross books - annual No 1 bestsellers - have sold over half a million copies, are annually nominated for the Popular Fiction prize at the Irish Book Awards - where they have twice won the prize - and are also critically acclaimed as satirical masterpieces. Titles include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress, Should have Got off at Sydney Parade, This Champagne Mojito is the Last Thing I Own, Rhino What You Did Last Summer, NAMA Mia!, The Oh My God Delusion (chosen as Ireland's favourite book in Eason's 2011 125th birthday poll) and The Shelbourne Ultimatum.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2826 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars there's been better! 15 Dec 2013
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The renaissance is over! The last few Ross O'Carroll Kelly books were excellent but this is only just ok. The story is weak but there are still some great one liners.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Each of the last few Ross books has ended with us feeling just a little better about the little toerag. By now, Ross has come to not only enjoy his father's company but care for his happiness and by the end, care a great deal about how his father views him. Likewise with Sorcha - by the end of the book, we are left in no doubt of his feelings for her or of his self awareness regarding his failings toward her. And there is a hint of similar rapprochement being possible with his mother. His relationship with his children is no better or worse than most people's - one idolises him, one terrorises him but in fairness to the dude, he's had it coming.

Needless to say, the book consists of Ross annoying everyone and somehow getting away with it. Equally needless to say, it's a very funny book, probably not the funniest of them but by now, the jokes are no longer really the point.

Paul Howard is, whether he knows it or not, writing a long, farcical cycle on the theme of redemption. There is hope for Ross - and if there is hope for him, there is hope for all of us. The paradise in which he grew up may be lost, and good riddance to most of it, but if these books say anything (which is by no means certain) it is that we can do better.

Fair focks, I'd have to basically say.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Need a giggle well read this one !! 17 July 2014
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It took me a while to get into reading the language in this book and for a while I thought I'd just leave it there but as the pages went by I got into the story and I have to admit I'm hooked on the style of writing now. The broad Dublin accents from either side of the Liffey are well described and you just have to laugh at some of the phrases, they're so typical and true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent stuff 10 July 2014
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Good funny story with a few twists and turns . More of the same please . A genre of its own !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 9 July 2014
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Enjoyed this so much looking forward to the next one so glad I don't have a daughter like honor would not bet on her changing any time soon
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 8 July 2014
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Can't wait to start another Ross o Carroll kelly book. Laughed from cover to cover. And love the spelling of the d4 accent.
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2.0 out of 5 stars infantile, slow moving, predictable, boring 24 Jun 2014
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A friend recommended the book to me and mentioned that RO'K was spelling the Dublin dialect which initially drew me in, e.g. Shadden. I thought I would get imaginative, wry, comic writing regarding post-credit crisis Ireland but unfortunately not. I was a third of the way into the book when I realized I was really bored by it. OK, so its pulp fiction of the humorous variety you say, but that's the nub of the problem, it's not that funny and many things are so predictable. The characters are one-dimensional and you couldn't care less if they live, die, etc. You have no idea why the characters fundamentally feel the way they do about each other (RO'K and his 'auld one) I assume the answer must lie in previous books but I couldn't be 'arshed' reading any more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Huge fan - love ROCK 3 Jun 2014
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If you like Ross O'Carroll Kelly, it is every bit as good as all the others. Ross up to his old tricks. Highly enjoyable and easy read!
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