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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Ireland (4 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844881784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844881789
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,109,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Essential reading' Irish Daily Mail 'Consistently laugh-out-loud funny' Irish Independent 'Some day there will be a university course explaining the appeal of Ross O'Carroll-Kelly! Rarely has a character so despicable, so selfish, so self-obsessed and so utterly thick been so loved' Sunday Independent

About the Author

Paul Howard grew up in the 1980s in South Dublin, an area bitterly divided between the haves and the have-yachts. He has been ghost-writing Ross O'Carroll-Kelly's adventures since 1998 and, despite the vast chasm between them in terms of looks, money and pulling power, a kind of friendship has formed. The first time he ever called to the O'Carroll-Kelly home, Ross's mother, Fionnuala told him just to clean the downstairs ones today - and this time do a darned sight better job of getting the bird shit off the one in the vestibule.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Guardian of the Scales on 28 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is presented as a series of taped interviews by Paul Howard with Ross O'Carroll-Kelly and those close to him, conducted in late 2008. Unlike the previous Ross books, Ross is not the narrator; Paul Howard, or a subtly comic version of himself, is. It deals mostly with Ross' childhood and his parents' pre-Ross lives. Ross' apparent hatred for his parents is explored in detail, and brought into question, and how his parents became who they are is also comprehensively and convincingly documented. There are occasional clever hints that the stories in the Ross-narrated books are incomplete, misleading or, sometimes, invented. There is speculation about Ross' sexuality, hints that his rampant promiscuity is due to Oedipal feelings for his mother, or latent homosexuality (the latter is brought out clearly in the next Ross book "Rhino what you did Last Summer"- terrible title, but a good read).
I have enjoyed all the previous Ross books, but this "like totally official biography" originally struck me as possibly a cheap money-spinner. I was given it as a Christmas gift and found it totally engrossing, finishing it in two days. It's funny, and the back-stories of Ross' parents are great: Charles' story provides considerable insight into the growth of the Celtic Tiger economy, and the inevitability of its eventual implosion, and Fionnuala's background and development is also convincing. It's another great addition to the Ross catalogue.
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By A. Hayden on 5 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
Glad, i got it. But i would have prefered to have read it after the upcoming books "Rhyno what you did last Summer". It's a far cry from the earlier books where money was no object and the goys were like playboys. I will be getting the new book when it is released.
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By leffe35 on 2 May 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I can't say anything about Ross, he is way cooler than me
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Ennis on 4 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I DID,NT THINK TO MUCH OF THIS BOOK, BUT MAYBE I NEED TO READ
THE PREVIOUS BOOKS,
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Five Stars 22 July 2014
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As always a very funny and entertaining read
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