McCarthy's sharp and intelligent humour makes this roundabout journey a constant joy
A riveting piece of storytelling
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
A disarming, likeable travelling companion
McCarthy is an accomplished writer, snappy and shrewd
An engaging, evocative book. Four out of five stars
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.
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.
Praise for MCCARTHY'S BAR:
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
Hilarious, informed and intelligent ... a wonderful debut. By the end, we, too, would like to move to Ireland