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Their Spirits, My Demons: Thirty Years of Booze, Bruises and Broken Hearts [Paperback]

John Ormond
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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Startled Kitten (Aug 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0956635504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956635501
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,301,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What began in Dublin, ended in Dublin..... In between was a lifetime of arguments, dodgy child minders, bullying, night terrors, cancer scares, ruined holidays, fear of an impending nuclear war, put downs by 'Sir Jimmy Saville' and alcohol misuse. It's fair to say that alcoholism has pretty much torn my world apart. It's caused the death of so many of my family members including both of my parents that I've almost become blasé towards death..... But hey! This is no 'tragic life story'! My camp alcoholic uncle who'd be my only real male role model whilst growing up provided me with plenty of laughs, often at his own expense, more often at the expense of myself and others. He once fell in love with a Greek donkey I kid you not. "The way we ended up!" he'd say to you whilst holding his hand to his chest. And what doesn't kill you can only make you stronger; well that's what I've heard anyway.... 'Their Spirits, My Demons' is a warm and humorous reminiscence of growing up in a larger than life family plagued by emotional instability, denial and escapism from life's trials and tribulations.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Chaos, but no confusion! 5 Oct 2010
By SfromL
What could have been a miserable, woeful and deppressing story turns out to be anything but! A rather unusual, chaotic, humorous and at times very emotive tale of growing up in a family plagued by alcohol. It's not a misery memoir thats for sure. Different people will be able to relate to it for many different reasons. It certainly captures a certain zeitgeist and readers will feel drawn into the times places and even smells of the story.The effect alcoholsim has on a family is explored in a wide range of subjects from bullying to night terrors, and right through to some funny stories relating to trying to find missing relatives in London. It certainly deserves a look at and should appeal to readers of most subjects and interests!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excelent read - I can relate!!! 8 Jan 2011
An absolutely fab read - very informative and eye-opening. I bought the book, thinking that John would maybe tell the tale of a misurable life - cover to cover. But he takes the good, the bad, and the ugly - by the perverbial tail and swings it round and round, into a story of drama and folics that'll have you wanting more from one chapter to the next.

A well writen and choreographed bio - 30 years in the making... I can't wait for the next chapter of John's life! I only hope I don't have to wait another 30 years!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shaken and stirred - uplifting 23 Dec 2010
By Douzer
I found this fascinating, at times extremely entertaining, with some great references for people of my age (thirty something) particularly, and extremely interesting from a point of view of how alcohol/addictive behaviour can affect families - that can resonate to both those who have or have not experienced it first hand.

Everybody has a `model airplane moment' of irrational regret in their past, everyone has been in a conundrum where heart and head battle where family is concerned. This book highlights them with painful, detailed re-enactment but also with humour and resilience.

It is a challenging book that makes you examine your own fallibilities and face your morals and behaviours within the situations that arise. So many positives can be found emanating from some bizarre and emotionally straining episodes. I found myself curiously drawn to the characters, despite their flawed natures, and even more so moved when the author himself found it hard to be. It also has a powerful, if somewhat eerie, aspect at it's ending.

Read, examine, learn and add to your understanding of the world we're living in - I highly recommend this illuminating biography and await more from this first time author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their Spirits My Demons 22 Dec 2010
A heartwarming and honest account of a life shaped by tragedy but subsequently broke the mould to be one of happiness and hope. Fantastically written placing the reader directly in the room with the author in a style befitting any quality autobiography. Looking forward to the second installment
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book 7 Dec 2010
An excellent read, could not put it down. Most of the time I laughed and on occasions I felt overwhelmed with emotion. On the plus side the book gives you a great understanding of the affects alcohol has on peoples lives.

Although an emotional roller coaster for the author, there is plenty of humour to help the reader see the funny side of alcoholism. This book is in no way a depressing read.

Very well written and one of the best books I have read in a long time and would recommend it.
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