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Our Man In Hibernia: Ireland, The Irish and Me

Charlie Connelly

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Prose: non-fiction, Travel writing

A hilarious, witty and insightful new book that lays bare contemporary Ireland, from the author of the bestselling ATTENTION ALL SHIPPING.

If you think you know Ireland, this book will make you think again. Each year on St Patrick s Day the eighty million people around the world claiming Irish ancestry celebrate their spiritual homeland. Millions more don leprechaun hats and swallow pints of Guinness in an annual global high-fiving of all things Irish.

Charlie Connelly was one of them. As a Londoner claiming Irish roots he thought he knew what Ireland was all about. Then, when he was least expecting it, he went to live there.

Our Man In Hibernia follows Charlie s adventures living among the Irish. In an engaging and frequently hilarious tale - we learn how a tree stump can draw legions of visitors from across the land and why being on a pig s back is a desirable thing - Charlie contrasts the cliched shamrock-strewn image with the reality of life in modern Ireland.

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Charlie Connelly

Charlie Connelly is a bestselling writer and award-winning broadcaster. His books include Attention All Shipping: A Journey round the Shipping Forecast, And Did Those Feet: Walking through 2000 Years of British and Irish History and Our Man In Hibernia: Ireland, the Irish and Me. He has presented the BBC Holiday programme and co-hosted the first three series of BBC Radio 4's Traveller's Tree with Fi Glover.

He has written for a number of publications including the Guardian, TheTimes, the NewStatesman, Arena, the IrishTimes, the SundayTimes, the GlasgowHerald and the FinancialTimes. He lives in Deal, by the English Channel.

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