Surviving Ireland

Author(s): Colm Tobin

Biography & Memoir

It's exhausting. Being Irish. The weight of history. The self-doubt. The constant analysis. The wind. Why are we so hard on ourselves? Is it the post-colonial overhang following centuries of oppression at the hands of a litany of foreign invaders? Or is it collective guilt for sending Westlife out into the wider world? Some say you can hear Irishness in the lonesome lilt of uileann pipes. That you can smell it in the farts of a billion Guinness drinkers. Look hard enough and you can see it winking back at you from the shimmering, oily thighs of Michael Flatley. In Surviving Ireland, acclaimed comedy writer Colm Tobin takes the reader by the hand for a satirical romp through modern Irish life. As well as providing all the tools you'll need to navigate this often tricky little island (except a compass, map or anything resembling a fact), the book will take you through some of the country's fraught history, asking some searing questions in the process: how did we get here, where are we going and who in the name of God is going to pay for it all? Charting the journey from birth through school, work, relationships, marriage, death and everything in between, Surviving Ireland is your definitive guide to the life cycle of the modern Irish. And it's got some funny drawings as well. Not the Booker Prize nominated author Colm Toibin.


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A brilliant and scathing look at Ireland by top comedy writer Colm Tobin.

Colm Tobin is an acclaimed comedy writer and TV producer with Kite Entertainment. He has almost 50,000 followers on Twitter. As well as writing for RTE Radio 1's Irish Pictorial Weekly, he has written and produced the children's science shows Science Fiction for RTE JNR and CBBC, and Brain Freeze for CBBC. He also wrote and produced the satirical RTE TV series Langerland, and has written pieces for The Irish Times. Originally from Clonakilty, West Cork, Colm now lives in Dublin.

General Fields

  • : 9781848272132
  • : Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • : Transworld Ireland
  • : October 2015
  • : Ireland
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Colm Tobin
  • : Hardback
  • : 941.700207
  • : 256