Small islands run busy ferries. At first I felt that on the midnight DunLeary ferry we were as innocents in Pinocchio, not fully aware of our predicament. But pints of stout aplenty provided on the ship of destiny as we departed Erin’s isle.
Ease our troubled minds. TV aboard ship was loud and clear with The Late Late Show, but as our brains grew fuzzy with porter so too TV signal dimmed and disappeared, the umbilical cord shorn with our green island home.
For ever after we would visit the place, sightseeing tourists in the land of our birth. Our home always come from away.
A Wicklow Girl is a tale of return of the emigrant and broken hearts. Great craic altogether!
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What readers think...
'I was enthralled by every word'
“It’s superb, every word of it held me enthralled, delighted in puns, literary and cultural references, brilliance of wit and one liners, put downs to die for and absurd and crazy, surprising twists of storyline. Yes, it’s very Irish, a pub crawl novel deluxe, there’s not much in the Irish tradition that isn’t referenced.”
'A stunning new voice in Irish literature'
“If you read only one Irish novel this year, this is the one to choose. It is a stunning, new voice in Irish literature. The core of the book is a love story. There is a magic realism at play in the accounts of the main character’s experiences as he visits old loves and familiar haunts in Dublin city.
"There is a Joycean echo in the emigrant's detailed knowledge of the city that he left. I rarely re-read novels but this is one which I think would definitely repay a second and a third read as it operates at so many different levels. A universal novel as it explores dilemma of the emigrant and a man aware of his own faults in pursuit of a love life.”
'The narrator's voice is mesmerising'
“A Wicklow Girl charts the narrator's quest for a soul mate that takes him on a roller coaster ride from New Orleans in the sweaty sensual south of the US to the windy wet village of Howth on the eastern Irish seaboard.
"The narrator's voice is mesmerising, high octane, it drives the novel forward in a compelling and unique way. This is a novel I thoroughly recommend for its universal theme and the sheer poetic beauty of the narrative voice.”
'I could not put it down'
“A Wicklow Girl is one unique novel. Its style and prose are quite unlike all other novels that I have read. I could not put the book down! A totally witty and a beautiful love story interspersed throughout with the most brilliant word play that I have encountered in decades.”
'A first class novel'
“The main character you want to shout at. His mind is unique. You are enjoying a first class novel. Five stars.”
About the Author
Brian O'Dowd was born and educated by Brothers in Dublin. "Once fluent in Gaelic, I'm very Irish as I’ve lived life away, London, Trinidad, USA and Canada."