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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ARZ78QM
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An Irish Tail: A hilarious tale of an English couple and their unruly dogs, searching for a new life in rural Ireland Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The book does go on a lot about how they tackled all the renovation works themselves at the cottage they finally bought and mixed in there are a lot of tales or should that be tails about the dogs . Many dogs.. and chickens and ducks. The bit about when the author had to go to hospital with a personal problem had me crying with laughter.. OH didnt understand juast what was so funny but being a bloke he wouldnt find it as funny as I did!! ( Read the book, you will know exactly what I am on about)
I held back the tears.. only just when the book got very sad over the death of a couple of the dogs, but it was a lovely book to read. I d gladly have paid for it.
The story is of a couple near retirement who packed up their lives after a health scare (due to 'stress) and moved to a semi derelict farm in rural Cork, taking their dogs with them. It has a lot of laughs, descriptions of breath-taking scenery and adventures while rebuilding their home ( with only a DIY book for guidance) and settling into a more relaxed way of life.
I loved all the stories of the dogs -they took a Llahsa Apso (which he always refers to in the plural for some reason) and acquired several other mixed breeds along the way. Some were saved from execution at the local pound and 2 of them were dumped or just 'appeared' outside their home.
There are also stories of the many birds they attracted to their garden and the other wildlife all around them, as well as the collection of chickens(and 2 ducks)they bought from a local market.
The book gives a good flavour of Ireland and the author obviously adores his wife -he repeatedly praises her and everything she does, which is lovely but I felt he rather overdid it.
Their family still lives in England -but is more rapidly accessible than driving when in England, using the one hour plane service to Stansted.
I recommend this book as a gentle read. You'll get a lot of smiles, maybe a few tears (if you are the type) and more than a little envy for their idyllic-sounding way of life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit tedious in places. Descriptions were good but a plan of the house would have been helpful.Published 2 months ago by Susan Marilyn Squire
Nice story ,wandered a little , rather more a story of property renovation ,more of a pick up and put down book,but overall well writtenPublished 9 months ago by Rupert N
Well written. We also have done same only in West Cork. This book hit the nail right on the head.Published 13 months ago by Bev
A delightful story of the ups and downs of a major change of lifestyle, home and country. The writer's sense of humour shines through even the worst situations and his descriptions... Read morePublished 17 months ago by teresa abbott