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McCarthy's Bar

Pete Mccarthy

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The Hungry Student, Prose: non-fiction, Travel & holiday, Travel writing

A classic of humourous travel writing that has sold over a million copies so far

Pete McCarthy's tale of his hilarious trip around Ireland has gained thousands of fans all over the world.

Pete was born in Warrington to an Irish mother and an English father and spent happy summer holidays in Cork. Years later, reflecting on the many places he has visited as a travel broadcaster, Pete admits that he feels more at home in Ireland than anywhere. To find out whether this is due to rose-coloured spectacles or to a deeper tie with the country of his ancestors, Pete sets off on a trip around Ireland and discovers that it has changed in surprising ways. Firstly obeying the rule 'never pass a pub with your name on it', he encounters McCarthy's bars up and down the land, and meets English hippies, German musicians, married priests and many others. A funny, affectionate look at one of the most popular countries in the world.

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Praise for McCarthy's Bar

  • '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 clich ' - Sunday Times

  • 'An engaging, evocative book. Four out of five stars - Daily Mail

  • 'Pete McCarthy is a funny man. You will know this if you have seen his award-winning television work or heard him on the radio ... It is impossible to mention comic travels without bringing up the name of Bill Bryson. McCarthy is more to my liking: less smug, delivering more of a sense that he actually noticed the places he passed through without making them seem a freak show. And funny enough to have my neighbours pulling long faces as I sniggered on the Tube the other day.'

  • Sussex Life

  • Hilarious, informed and intelligent ... a wonderful debut. By the end, we, too, would like to move to Ireland - Amazon.co.uk

  • An engaging, evocative book. Four out of five stars - Daily Mail

  • 'A genuinely funny, yet affectionate and informative portrait of the west of Ireland. His book is a collection of wry observations and anecdotes, a skill he developed presenting eight series of Travelog on Channel 4 ... I can guarantee a read that will make you laugh out loud'

  • One of the funniest writers around. If you were asked to ch

  • McCarthy is a hilariously funny writer - The Times

  • Sunday Times

  • 'In its freewheeling, informal, jokey way, it is nothing less than an portrait of modern Ireland, in all its splendid contradictions. For a study on Ireland and Irishness, the book is exhilaratingly cosmopolitan in outlook ... Television's loss has been literature's gain.'

  • Telegraph

  • McCarthy takes you with him from Cork to Donegal recounting his often hysterically funny adventures with genuine affection and knowledge. - Derbyshire Life

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Pete Mccarthy

Pete McCarthy wrote and performed 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 sold nearly a million copies and won him the newcomer of the year prize at the British Book Awards in 2002. He passed away in 2002.