Destinations Paperback – 4 Aug 2003
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'An eventful, compelling and ultimately satisfying journey' (Irish Independent)
A reissue and a new look for this collection of delectable short stories by Sheila O'Flanagan, the Sunday Times bestselling author of HOW WILL I KNOW?, CONNECTIONS and ANYONE BUT HIMSee all Product Description
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This collection of 19 individual stories, a few entwined, reveal the inside track on the lives of the ordinary commuters. It also uncovers the hidden links that lie beneath the surface of anonymous city lives. It includes two eavesdropping passengers who learn more than they bargained for; an office-party fling that has unforeseen consequences; a suburban housewife who is forced to face her estranged mother and her thorny past; an office worker who finds her commute to work livened up by the daily sightings of a handsome stranger; as well as a hot date with the office stud that gets off to a disastrous start… is there light at the end of the tunnel?
As one of Ireland’s best-loved storytellers, the author explains that “In my imagination there are so many different tales to tell – and I wanted to be the person who brought those fictional stories to life”. And she has. These simple stories, some heart warming, others sad, will capture you in its train of thought and go the distance.
This book is destined to be a light and joyful read, not just for those familiar with the trappings of inner-city transport, so don’t delay. Dart out and grab a copy.
Occasional and unfortunate use of cliche both in language and story meant I gave this 4 rather than 5 stars, but I would definitely recommend this - very readable. I hope Ms O'Flanagan will do more short stories soon - I'd certainly buy her next collection.
Each story catches the imagination and tells the tale in a simple yet effective manner. Look out for the connected stories. Different perspectives which change your opinion with the story which you are reading.
I don't believe in going into great detail about items I am reviewing it spoils it for you. I enjoyed this book and you might too.
If you want something to read but don't want to commit to a full novel then this book provides a number of enjoyable simple tales.
As a commuter, this book filled a pleasant gap in my journey to work. Reading about the different women and their lives with the backdrop of Dublin's Dart system was entertaining.
Sheila O'Flanagan has written 19 tales in this book and without spoiling any surprises there are two stories where the characters overlap. Some stories are funny such as 'A Good Sense of Humour', other stories such as Phone a Friend' shows the connection women can have with each other, even when simply strangers on a train overhearing a conversation. 'Tomato Soup' was for this reviewer the most powerful story in the collection.
Don't let being a novel reader stop you from reading this collection. The stories are great and are ideal for dipping into if you travel to work each morning on public transport.
If you liked Maeve Binchy's short stories based on the London underground you will love this collection of stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't really know how to describe it. Left confused and wondering what I was reading about! Maybe just me but wouldn't botherPublished 1 month ago by Drewby
Lots of great short stories. Easy reading. Not complicated. Interesting. Some great content and food for thought. Would recommend as a sheila Flanagan fanPublished 3 months ago by sarah c ward
Not up to the usual standard expected from Sheila O' Flanagan. Left a lot of the stories in limbo.Published 11 months ago by Diane Polley
Not my favourite kind of book. Not keen on a lot of short stories I prefer a full length novelPublished 14 months ago by Margaret Shaw
It was a bit weird reading short stories, as never have before, but found it really easy give it a goPublished 21 months ago by Marshmallow1