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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book from Charlie Connelly
Despite being born and raised in London Charlie Connelly always considered himself Irish. He was aware that many generations ago his forebears were from County Cork so maybe this was the reason why he was attracted to all things Irish even though he realised that the Ireland shown in beer adverts and movies was just an idealised version which probably never existed. Now...
Published on 8 Oct 2010 by Bantam Dave

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3.0 out of 5 stars Irish roots
Charlie Connelly moves to Dublin to live with his girlfriend, Jude, and becomes obsessed with discovering his Irish 'roots' Apparently one of his great-great-great grandfathers, John Connelly, was an Irish immigrant to London in the 1840s, and charlie Connelly goes in search of him, finding out about his life as a dockworkers in the East end of London, and trying to...
Published on 3 July 2011 by L O'connor

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3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same ???, 12 Sep 2010
Firstly, I certainly wasn't aware that Barack Obama has ever claimed "Irish Roots" ??????? I fail to see how he could, exactly........

To this book, then. I have read the vast majority of Charlie's books ( and have e-mailed him on various topics, a number of times, disappointingly never even getting an acknowledgement, maybe "fame" does this to hitherto "ordinary" people ?) and have enjoyed them all, in the main, although personally he will never "top" "Attention All Shipping", certainly not with this offering which has, as referred to elsewhere, a lot of long passages of seriousness. This was starting to creep in in "And did those....." and i wonder if Charlie is almost starting to believe in himself as a "serious" writer ?

This has moments of hilarity, and one can't fail to feel Charlie's warmth ( even if it doesn't extend to acknowledging e-mails ever - I can't believe Charlie is SO busy...... ) but it also feels a little "no mans land" and possibly the creative juices are starting to dry up ?

Now that would be a real pity
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