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Paradise Road by [O'Donnell, Stephen]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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"A spectacular debut", Bella Caledonia.

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"O'Donnell has been compared to Irvine Welsh much, and one can really see why" The Irish World

"Gritty and often hard hitting... an enjoyable journey of self-discovery" FourFourTwo magazine

"O'Donnell relays some great anecdotes and experiences" the Irish Post

"Paradise Road is a fantastic read. The short, sharp chapters make it easy to devour and the affinity most Celtic fans will feel with Kevin McGarry is palpable." Etims.net

"Thoroughly entertaining... told with a dry wit and sincerity that most, if not all, readers of the book will appreciate." Maleysbhoys.com

"A bold, biting and thoughtful novel, Paradise Road will strike a chord with many - and not just those of a Celtic persuasion. An excellent and entertaining read." TheCelticWiki.com

"An enjoyable, humorous and thought-provoking read." backpagefootball.com

"Think of Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch but with a real pair of (foot)balls." efcfeelinblue.com

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Ringwood Publishing (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KEM0PA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #249,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Although based around Celtic this book could translate into the lives of any young working class football supporters. The ups and downs from youth through to young adult are those that we all experience and you really feel for the characters involved. Only a well written book gets you to buy into the people and this does.

The personal favourite was the visit to his gran and the complaints about the heat, absolutely true and laugh out loud funny. Well done Stephen looking forward to the next one
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This is the debut novel by up and coming Glasgow Author Stephen O'Donnell and follows the lives of Kevin McGarry and several other football fans during the nineties and beyond, warts and all, the good, the bad and the ugly. Kevin has a very promising footballing career ahead of him until injury forces him to try and navigate a new direction in life, a life consisting of alcohol, girls, friendships and his beloved Celtic. It is a story of changes, a story of growing up within a culture of sectarianism, a story of broken dreams, laughter and cultural adversity.

As a self confessed bookaholic and football fan this book ticked a lot of boxes for me before I had even turned the first page. This is in many ways an unconventional book, you don't necessarily have any major blockbusting plot to grab hold of, the point of view changes from one character to another several times (and it isn't always immediately obvious who is speaking or thinking) but for me this unconventional style was one of its strengths. Lets not mess around here, Stephen O'Donnell can really write, Paradise Road is fresh and written with an efficacious combination of wit, realism and social commentary.

Like the main character I have Irish blood in me and am maybe quarter Irish (or maybe a fifth Irish) but unlike Kevin McGarry my family settled in the North West of England and I am a Wigan Athletic fan and not a Celtic fan. But as a football fan I loved how the story transported me onto a bus full of crazy Celtic supporters and onto the terraces of Celtic Park and into a collection of dodgy Scottish pubs! This is a must for any book loving football fans, not only is it hilariously entertaining, it is also thought provoking and touching. Maybe I should get along to Celtic Park at some point and I really wish Scottish football would get it's act together.

5/5 A promising debut novel.
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What an absolutely great read....he has the Scottish banter down to a tee......characters are amazing and gives you an inside look at life in Glasgow......so if you want a walk down memory lane and
love not just the team but football in general then I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.......and not just a book for the footie fans out there the patter is brilliant!.....Happy Reading! And a big congrats to Stephen who has done himself AND Glasgow proud with a fantastic book cany wait fer the next yin...HH
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I read this book on paradise road published by Stephen o Donnell it was a fantastic book the story was amazing I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it would recommend it to everyone to read it
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Paradise road is an engrossing, easy to read, character driven novel which draws the reader in from the outset. The fact that the book is written in the first person makes you feel directly involved in the witty and sharp banter that is frequently exchanged between the characters. The first person perspective also gives you a direct insight into the main chracter's mind, their honest and thought provoking opinions about the world around them and their attitude towards aspects of life that we can all relate to. The humour in the book is Glaswegian and working class in its nature and has you laughing out loud at regular intervals. A thoroughyly entertaining read!
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I read this book in 2 days,it is well written with some genuine laugh out loud moments. I along with most football fans can draw a parallel to my own experiences.Although its main characters are Celtic fans i think fans of other teams will enjoy it as well.
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Many of you who don't follow football, never mind the tribal complexities of the Scottish game, will pass this novel by- PLEASE DO NOT!

Yes, this book contains much about the beautiful game; but it has so much more to offer than that.

From broken dreams, Parkhead to Prague, to the enforced dissonance of large parts of our society, Paradise Road rewards on so many levels. A book like this is a must for those who love literature and life; the reader who yearns to be challenged, who is not content with a diet of cosy, fireside fiction.

O'Donnell has been compared with Irvine Welsh- I think he transcends this description. He is a writer of supreme thoughtfulness, intelligence and invention- there are scenes in this magnificent work you will never forget.

So, treat yourself- buy this book, and be one of the first to enjoy a truly great new voice; not only from Scotland- from the world.
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I was given a copy as a gift and the book provided a very entertaining holiday read. I was initially apprehensive as I thought it was primarily focused on Celtic football club. Not being a particular football fan and certainly having no allegiances to the Old Firm, I wasn't sure if it was for me but it quickly became apparent that the Green & White references were only part of the story. There are some quirky funny plotlines which reminded me of Christopher Brookmyre, some gross-out scatological references which reminded me of Irvine Welsh and a very very old joke which reminded me of playground humour and brought tears to my eyes!
The plot takes in the highs & lows of following a football team in the West of Scotland, adds some international travel and musical references. A little bit of sex, drugs & rock & roll completes the mix.
Although self-contained, the novel leaves plenty options for a sequel - if so I'd look forward to reading it too.
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