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The Road to McCarthy

Pete Mccarthy

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

Pete McCarthy's humorous quest for Irish communities across the world.

Setting off from Ireland, Pete McCarthy takes us on a wonderful journey around the weird and wonderful Irish communities of the world.

In his own inimitable style, Pete recounts his adventures and escapades as, in Morocco he meets the head of Clan McCarthy, and then goes on to visit the renowned Irish peoples of New York. He journeys to the southern hemisphere and then back again to the United States before ending up in a small town called McCarthy in Alaska.

Will he encounter enough McCarthy's Bars, as he continues to obey the eighth rule of travel: 'never pass a pub with your name on it' This is a funny, affectionate look at the Irish communties of the world.

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Praise for The Road to McCarthy

  • The new book is just as quirky and even funnier. It's full of extraordinary encounters, insightful glimpses of the places he visits and humorous comments on human behaviour, not least his own. - Sunday Telegraph

  • One of the funniest writers around. If you were asked to choose the ideal travelling companion, you would put Pete McCarthy near the top of your list. But if he doesn t happen to be available, MCCARTHY S BAR is the next best thing - Yorkshire Evening Post

  • McCarthy mines a rich seam of humour as he finds himself on the receiving end of some warm but unsophisticated hospitality. But then, he could probably make a phone book funny. - Independent on Sunday

  • McCarthy is an accomplished writer, snappy and shrewd - Guardian

  • Don t panic - this is not the same story you hear from every tourist you meet ... This book will make you laugh out loud through recognition and embarrassment' - Irish News

  • The new book is just as quirky as McCARTHY'S BAR and even funnier ... it's full of extraordinary encounters, insightful glimpses of the places he visits and humorous comments on human behaviour, not least his own. - Victoria Hislop, Sunday Telegraph

  • One of the funniest writers around. If you were asked to choose an ideal travelling companion, you would put Pete McCarthy near the top of your list. But if he doesn't happen to be available, McCARTHY'S BAR is the next best thing. - Yorkshire Evening Post

  • Praise for McCARTHY'S BAR: 'McCarthy is a hilariously funny writer.' - The Times

  • Praise for MCCARTHY'S BAR: McCarthy is a hilariously funny writer - The Times

  • Cordial, happy-go-lucky, a bit vague, cowardly yet with an inimitable sense of adventure; a disarming, likeable travelling companion. - The Sunday Times

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

  • Don't panic - this is not the same story you hear from every tourist you meet...This book will make you laugh out loud through recognition and embarrassment. - Irish News

  • A disarming, likeable travelling companion - The Sunday Times

  • McCarthy's sharp and intelligent humour makes this roundabout journey a constant joy - Independent

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

  • A riveting piece of storytelling - Observer

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

  • McCarthy mines a rich seam of humour as he finds himself on the receiving end of some warm but unsophisticated hospitality. But then, he could probably make a phone book funny. - Independent on Sunday

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

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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.