Sean McPartlin

Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (53 of 59)
Location: Edinburgh


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The Loneliest Boy in the World: The Last Child of &hellip by Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Loneliest Boy in the World - The last child of the Great Blasket
By Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin with Patricia Ahern. Collins Press.

The Blasket Islands, off the coast of Kerry in the extreme west of Ireland, have a habit of getting under your skin. Once discovered, they are not easily forgotten.

This is partly due to their history – an isolated Gaelic community, fighting against the odds, until what seemed an inevitable evacuation in 1953; and partly due to their position ‘on the edge of the world’, so near but so far from the jetty at Dun Chaoin on the mainland. Today the ruined village clings to the island slopes above an tráigh… Read more
Scotland '74: A World Cup Story by Richard Gordon
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
When in our cups, those of us old enough to remember the times when Scottish qualification for World Cup Finals was, if not a formality, then certainly an expectation, tend to bang on about the vainglorious expedition that was Argentina 78. However, the competition previous to that, in West Germany in 1974, which in a sense initiated our international adventures, is a story which is far more nuanced. Those two imposters, Triumph and Disaster, were already assured of a place on the Scotland team coach - but the outcome was nowhere near as predictable as it was to later become.

So broadcaster and sports journalists Richard Gordon makes a good choice when he chooses to revisit… Read more
The Game on New Year's Day: Hearts 0, Hibs 7 by Ted Brack
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a game, 5 Oct 2012
The Game on New Year's Day: Hearts 0, Hibs 7

Like the Hibs themselves, Ted Brack's books on his beloved football team have never been predictable. Starting with `There is a Bonny Fitba' Team' - an account of the author's own '50 Years on the Hibee Highway', he's moved through `ghosting' the autobiography of Lawrie Reilly, penning a retrospective on the Hibs career of Franck Sauzee, and helping Pat Stanton pick his team of all time Hibs greats. His latest outing focuses on the game that all Hibs fans love hearing about - particularly after their Hampden misery of May 2012 - "The Game on New Year's Day', 1973, which… Read more

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