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Tom O'Brien is a native of County Waterford in Ireland and is a novelist and playwright. Earlier books include Confessions of a Corner Boy, Cassidy's Cross,Down Bottle Alley. Plays include Money From America, On Raglan Road and Cricklewood Cowboys. Formerly a construction worker, he is now a full-time writer. He lives in Hastings, England
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Laughter and tears on Tom's journey from boy to man
5 September 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful coming-of-age story set in the Ireland of the late fifties and early sixties,The Shiny Red Honda evokes images of a more innocent time, when life was lived at a more gentle pace and people were stoical in the face of hardship, taking the bad with the good as simply part of life's cycle. Tom O'Brien's writing is stark and vivid and straight to the point, but always tempered with a wry humour, never taking himself too seriously. We travel with him through his upbringing on a small-holding in County Waterford, sometimes hard, but mostly carefree, and then his emergence from fumbling adolescent to a young working man who played guitar in his spare time in the newly emerging pop/rock band scene of that era. Tom describes everything so beautifully that I found myself re-reading some pages, just for the sheer joy of it. This is one of the best autobiographical books I've read in ages, if not THE best, and I can't wait to read more of Tom O'Brien's work.
Karin A. Joyce
The Shiny Red Honda
17 February 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Nice account of growing up in Ireland in the 50s and 60s. Very honest. No secrets about himself. Well done.