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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 by [Albert, Nick]
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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

4.1 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 755 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ARZ78QM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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i was thoroughly enjoying this book, the description of Ireland and reasonbly humorous narrative made it a good, easy read.And then the owner kills a nine month old puppy because it unprovokedly attacks one of his other dogs twice. No talk of training or behaviour therapy, just to the vet for the needle. Otherwise lovely book ruined by someone who clearly has no knowledge of canine behaviour or how to care for animals.
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A true reflection on moving house to a remote part of Ireland, fun to read, you can really imagine being there with all the ups and downs. Good dog story as well, I enjoyed this book particularly because we did exactly the same as them only to the far north of Scotland, same experiences. Brought back many memories, all happy ones and we are still here! Go on, give your imagination a treat, read the book.
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Glad I only took a sample, Chapters 1 +2 are a moan about life. I'm Irish and expected some good laughs but when he finally gets to Ireland in chapter 3 I found I was taking offence at the stupid remarks he makes about the 'natives'. I'd all of ch 3 and it didn't improve.
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I chose five stars because it was well written and amusing. Being Irish myself I could easily identify with the situations the author found himself in as he travelled through parts of Ireland. Well done for being an English man and still understanding our humour!
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I downloaded this recently as freebie to my kindle and read it almost at once. The idea of upping sticks and moving to Ireland was very appealable to me. The author has had a health scare recently and decided it was now or never to get out of the rat race and live the dream.
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.
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Having read a lot of crime/mystery books recently, I decided to read this freebie I downloaded a while back and am glad I did. On the whole, it was a very relaxing book and easy to read.
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.
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As another dog-loving blow-in Brit to County Clare after having purchased a hovel to do up, I can relate very well to this book. (Unlike the author, though, I haven't yet transformed the hovel.) The story is well-written, amusing (my only gripe in that department is the blurb saying it is 'hilarious' - it nearly put me off as self-promotion using that word almost always results in reader disappointment) and entirely believable. I read this on a Kindle and have bought two copies of the paper version as Christmas presents - what better recommendation could there be? I don't think the layout of the physical book is particularly good (i.e. not professional), although it is in no way awful and will not detract from its readability. As a self-published book, though, it scores good marks on how it has been edited and deserves being picked up by a mainstream publisher in order to get more publicity. I would imagine it will be equally enjoyed by Irish and British readers. I would recommend the author turns his hand to novel writing, since he can clearly engage with the reader and (unlike many a self-published author) knows how to put a sentence together.
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This story has all the ingredients to create a wonderful tale and the couple clearly loved their pets. However, unruly, poorly behaved, and uncontrolled dogs intimidating walkers and cyclists in this quite obvious tourist area is far from hilarious. The book was poorly written,very unfunny throughout and made little attempt to integrate into the way of life. So, not only did it fail to capture the Irish rural community, but there was little detail of the refurbishment with so many structural alterations and not a Co Clare Building Inspector in sight!
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