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Destinations Paperback – 4 Aug 2003

4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; 1st Headline Book Edition edition (4 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755307615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755307616
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 17.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,886,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An eventful, compelling and ultimately satisfying journey' (Irish Independent)

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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 HIM

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Format: Paperback
First Maeve Binchy brought us to Dublin 4 and ‘The Lilac Bus’ now Sheila O’Flanagan takes us on a ride with another journey of tales: ‘Destinations’ which revolve around different areas of the Fair City’s Dart system.
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.
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As a short story fan, I thoroughly enjoyed most of this set of tales. Whilst the main characters are based firmly in the area of "women's literature" (not my favourite genre), the subjects are very wide ranging, and take you from chilling to heart-warming to funny and back again. I particularly appreciated the occasional linked tales and would perhaps have liked all of them to be linked in some way, though I imagine that's quite tricky!
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.
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I have several other of this authors books and have always been a little underwhelmed, however in the short story category she proved me wrong.
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.
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Loved it!

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.
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Enjoyable, especially if you don't have a lot of time for reading. You can read a whole story in a short time so you don't have to try to remember who was who and what was what in a plot. good stories with satisfying conclusions.
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I have read many Shiela O'Flanagan books and was left feeling a little disappointed with this one. May be it's my own fault I've never read a short story of this kind before. I was left wanting more information. I wanted the stories to continue it seemed unfinished at times. A good read for someone who wants to read small amount at a time. It's very easy to pick up and put down again. Not my favourite!!
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I really enjoyed this book! I didnt think I would as I'm not really into short stories. But this book was really really good! A couple of the stories came together. Defo would recomend, to everyone! There is something there for all of us!
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did not realise this was short stories, obviously did not read info correctly. i am not a fan of short storiies but this book was OK. Excellent service as usual from
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