Set against the lively backdrop of Everybody's toyshop in Inchicore in Dublin, one word sums it up: trouble. But this vivid depiction of boyhood in the 1950s and 1960s, his parents mostly at loggerheads, especially his alcoholic father, as they bounced from sobriety to drunkenness, is never bitter. Emelyn does not 'look back in anger'. Early schooldays at infamous Goldenbridge Convent, injured at age ten in an explosion, which kills his beloved only sister, and going to court in search of 'Compo', are in turn distressing, ...

Heaps of Trouble 2010, The Collins Press, Cork

ISBN-13: 9781848890411