'tis a thing of beauty, says Tom Paver

Posted on 08/14/2012 12:19:14 PM

The first Friday of December each year yours truly and a gang of unruly pals head to Dublin for three days on the gargle.  This is our twenty third year. Tour Rules prevent me from revealing anything too juicy, though suffice to say there have been all manner of scrapes as we have drunk our way ...

Interview with Author Jody Gehrman

Posted on 08/10/2012 05:38:26 PM

 Jody Gehrman is the author of seven novels and numerous plays. Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft is her most recent Young Adult novel. Her other Young Adult novels include Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love, (Penguin’s ...

Joe Delahunty would Put Right Everton FC if asked, believes author Tom Paver

Posted on 08/08/2012 11:20:58 AM

Readers quickly learn in Put Right that when PJ Delahunty stepped off the ferry from Ireland the first thing his new mates on the building site in Liverpool did was ensure he picked a football team to support. And, being of sound mind and body, they pointed him towards Everton FC.   In the ...

Tom Paver's Dublin days are background to Take the Soup

Posted on 08/07/2012 09:17:12 AM

I'm busy completing Take the Soup which, as the title implies, is set in Ireland. Between 1988 and 1991 I spent a lot of time there courting a pretty young thing in the lovely south Dublin suburb of Terenure.  It was not to be, of course - she had far too much sense than to put up with my youthful ...

Would you answer the moral dilemma in Put Right, asks author Tom Paver

Posted on 08/06/2012 09:42:35 AM

In the novel Put Right by Tom Paver the author - me - poses a philosophical question of Sean Madden, the son of the Irish emigre Theresa Madden. Theresa, as you may know, is defrauded out of an inheritance and she asks her son, in a heart-rending letter, to ensure that this old wrong is 'put right'.  ...

Author Tom Paver launches Put Right on Amazon for kindle

Posted on 08/05/2012 02:47:10 AM

Whisper it quietly (counter-intuitive, I know), but Put Right is now up for sale on Amazon. You can find it here. It's up there so that we can assess the whole upload process and iron out any gremlins.  Apart from a couple of minor layout issues, there don't appear to be any. The next three novels ...

The Philharmonic pub is the world's most ornate, believes author Tom Paver

Posted on 08/04/2012 03:16:55 PM

They may be closing at a rate of knots, but the British pub isn't dead yet.  Far from it, in fact.  There are plenty thriving in independent hands as well as with the smarter pub chains, something I see a lot of in London.  Britain's capital is over-flowing with top-notch boozers ...

Penny Lane is named after a slave trader, says author Tom Paver

Posted on 08/04/2012 03:07:16 PM

"Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes..." The Beatles' peon to this unremarkable suburban lane in south Liverpool is one of their best loved tunes and has made it one of the world's most famous thoroughfares. My children go to school nearby and each day we see coach-loads of tourists risking their ...

The Metquarter is a parable of our times says author Tom Paver

Posted on 08/04/2012 02:58:07 PM

Anna Heuston's favourite shoe shop is in the metquarter in Liverpool, the elegantly refurbished former central post office.  It's a light, airy building that was hollowed out to retain its solid and pleasing Portland stone facade and, at the height of the boom was fully let and doing very well, ...

The Blood Puzzle by Tom Paver: your clue to the Basque's love affair with cooking

Posted on 08/04/2012 02:52:13 PM

For foodies, there is but one Meccah: the handsome seaside city of San Sebastian in northern Spain.  A charming and wealthy spot on a headland overlooking a lovely curving beach, it boasts nine Michelin-starred restaurants, a trio of which boast three stars. Within a thirty minute drive of town there ...

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