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Surviving Ireland

Narrated by: Colm Tobin
Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
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Summary

It's exhausting being Irish. The constant self-flagellation is enough to put anybody off their breakfast.

Why are we so hard on ourselves? Is it the postcolonial overhang following centuries of oppression at the hands of a litany of foreign invaders? Or is it collective guilt for sending Westlife out into the wider world?

In Surviving Ireland, acclaimed comedy writer Colm Tobin takes the listener by the hand for a satirical romp through modern Irish life. As well as providing all the tools you'll need to navigate this often tricky little island (except a compass or anything even resembling a fact), the book will take you through some of the country's fraught history, asking some searing questions in the process: How did we get here, where are we going and who in the name of God is going to pay for it all?

Surviving Ireland takes in culture and politics, town and country, food and drink, birth, death and everything in between. Let it be your definitive guide to this strange and bewildering rock cowering from the cold Atlantic swells.

Not the Booker Prize-nominated author Colm Tóibín.

©2015 Colm Tobin (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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Great holiday read

Downloaded this while I was on holiday and loved every min of it.
A true / twisted / funny view of everyday Ireland. I will be playing it again for my next car journey.

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  • Rick
  • 12-06-19

very fun

was looking for direction on how to travel Ireland and what to do. not much of that here but maybe this book reminded me to enjoy myself, to have fun

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