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Three years in the troubled British Isles from the best-selling author of Heroic Failure.

Three Years in Hell is a mordantly funny and perceptive account of three years in our troubled islands, leading up to the aftermath of Brexit (or not, as it may prove). It includes scathing portraits of the leading characters, including Johnson, and of the strange twists and turns that British politics has taken and the effects on our friends and neighbours.

©2020 Fintan O'Toole (P)2020 Head of Zeus

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Three years of hell .

I had great difficulty giving this audio book one star but there was nothing less. It is the ranting of a Boris Johnson hating loser.

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Great book

Informative & funny, very interesting listen. It shows the UK government up for the farce it really is.

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Remainder drivel

This is complete and utter rubbish from an individual who doesn’t live in the real world.

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Dreadfully embarrassing

the quiet and clear presentation of a calamitous moment in UK history makes it all the more effective. no ranting. Just a simple exposition of the lies which encouraged the bigotry which brought about end of British influence while the grownups stood and watched in near silence. Masterful.

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Remoaner’s ecstasy!

Hyperbolic writing at its best but also full of detailed analysis

Brexiteers would not enjoy

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Essential for those looking for perspective

A superb diary of the absurd knots the 'English' government tied themselves in to solve an impossible puzzle set for themselves thanks to the promises of morality free chancers. It made me angry but it also made me chuckle (wryly). We still don't know how it will turn out at the time of writing this but it's been a hell of a downward spiral for us all.

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Lyrical and brutal

A lyrical, beautiful and brutal dissembling of the illogical zugzwang that is the #Brexit fantasy of the irrational English nationalist.

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A fascinating series of vignettes

This is a really interesting series of snapshots of the Brexit process, taking us from just before the result of the referendum, to the point where it became clear that the British public would not be given a chance to confirm their decision.

Each article is well written and filled with witty and thought provoking observations, many of which would make their way into Heroic Failure in a more developed form.

As a "frame by frame" view of the first three years of the whole sorry saga, this book really helped me recontextualise the experience from the point of view of a non-Brit, and show how this English psychodrama appears to our nearest neighbours.

However, don't go into this expecting a sweeping narrative. These are stand alone articles. Ideas are repeated and further developed throughout the events, and if your read/listened to Heroic Failure, you will get some déjà-vu.

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Interesting perspective on the Brexit debacle

Good to see a perspective from another nation on the Brexit issue. Well worth a listen.

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One of the finest writers of our time

There aren't many opinion writers in the English-speaking world whose columns you can assemble, post-event, into a book. O'Toole is that writer. He has been proven wrong on a couple of details (Trump did indeed build that wall, or at least parts of it), but mostly his eloquent and clear-sighted observations from across the Irish Sea of four years of the great British nervous breakdown have aged incredibly well. I look forward to - and dread - the next instalment.