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McCarthy's Bar


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Number One in Ireland! Number Two in Australia! Number Ten in Britain!

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Pete McCarthy is the writer and performer of many series for radio and television, including 'Desperately Seeking Something', 'Country Tracks' and 'Travelog', for which he has won the Travelex Award for Best TV Writer. MCCARTHY'S BAR is his first book.


Fans of Bill Bryson will enjoy reading McCarthy's droll narrative of his rediscovery of his family's roots in Ireland. Winner of the Travelex Award for Best TV Travel Writer, BBC personality McCarthy takes the reader on an odyssey through Ireland, where he unfailingly obeys his rule: "Never Pass a Bar That Has Your Name On It." The son of an Irishwoman and an Englishman, McCarthy spent many idyllic summers in the Emerald Isle and here revisits places he remembers from his youth. Traversing rural areas from Cork to Donegal, McCarthy observes that although much has changed, the Irish people of his childhood have not. Humorous and history-laden, McCarthy's debut is already a No. 1 best seller in the land of his forefathers and is sure to be popular in public libraries.DSandy Knowles,, Henderson Cty. P.L., NC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

'The funniest book I've read this year' -- John Walsh, Independent 'McCarthy is a hilariously funny writer' -- The Times 'An engaging, evocative book.' -- Daily Mail 'In its freewheeling, informal, jokey way, it is nothing less than a portrait of modern Ireland, in all its splendid contradictions' -- Daily Telegraph 'An acutely observed and often hilarious series of snapshots of a country that can induce an onrush of sentimental cliche' -- Sunday Times

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