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Description - Ireland by Peter Biddlecombe

Peter Biddlecombe has dragged his beleaguered expense account around no fewer than 170 countries of variable merit, which puts him literally miles ahead of every other travel writer. Wittily and informatively he brings a unique businessman's perspective to his destinations - Biddlecombe has to land running in order to survive. IRELAND: IN A GLASS OF ITS OWN - in many ways the perfect marriage of author and subject - marks a departure, as it focuses upon one comparatively small country. In this book Biddlecombe argues - in inimitable fashion - that the thirty-two counties can be said to represent the constituent parts of a pint of the black stuff. (Happily, the author has lost none of his famed thirst.) The roasted, malted barley, for example, comes from the farming counties: Wicklow, Kilkenny and Meath. This is Biddlecombe's hilarious account of Ireland - not just the coastal areas beloved of normal (I.e. lesser) travel writers but the bits in between. Particularly those bits with pubs on them. Well, just to save you the embarrassment of drinking on your own ...Cheers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349116945
ISBN-10: 0349116946
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 30mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Ireland by Peter Biddlecombe

US Kirkus Review » With the notion that parts of Ireland can be characterized as constituents of the national beverage (water, hops, yeast, cork, etc.), a half-Irish, half-befuddled travel-writer tipples his way through every Hibernian county. From Kerry to Derry, from Down to Offaly, it's really a long way to Tipperary and, ultimately, to County Clare, childhood home of Biddlecombe (The United Burger States of America, 2003). In each of the 32 counties he visits on his sentimental journey, the favored drink is Guinness. Indeed, the ubiquity of the favored black stuff makes this a kind of record book of Guinness. Local lore is gleaned from interviews with the likes of an "old blattereen with a flat cap and a clay pipe," "a doddery old kluk," "an old bluggy earwagger" and, improbably, some "old shlimazls." Along the way, there are farmers, publicans, servant girls, lords, lunkheads, wits. Biddlecombe visits St. Doologue's Church (the world's smallest parish) and the Coast of Co. Donegal (where, it's reported, "the girls have the Pope's permission to wear the fat end of their legs below the knee"). Castles, kegs, kings and cattle share the pages with Yeats, Wilde, Nora Barnacle and The Troubles in this Riverdance of words. Almost every chapter is adorned with a joke. And he doesn't mind a bit more of the black stuff, if you please, as Biddlecombe turns snarky with a plenitude of snotty remarks about all things American. Maybe it's just the Guinness, but the truth is he's no Myles na Gopaleen, or even the late Flann O'Brien, when it come to funny Irishmen. A mildly witty book that goes on a wee bit too long-several hundred pages too long. Paddywhackery, blarney and a bit of the black stuff. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Peter Biddlecombe

Peter Biddlecombe is a businessman and travel writer and his ten books wittily and informatively describe nearly two hundred countries.

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