Setting off from Ireland, Pete McCarthy takes us on a wonderful journey around the weird and wonderful Irish communities of the world.
In his own inimitable style, Pete recounts his adventures and escapades as, in Morocco he meets the head of Clan McCarthy, and then goes on to visit the renowned Irish peoples of New York. He journeys to the southern hemisphere and then back again to the United States before ending up in a small town called McCarthy in Alaska.
Will he encounter enough McCarthy’s Bars, as he continues to obey the eighth rule of travel: ‘never pass a pub with your name on it’? This is a funny, affectionate look at the Irish communties of the world.
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 is an accomplished writer, snappy and shrewd
McCarthy's sharp and intelligent humour makes this roundabout journey a constant joy
Praise for MCCARTHY'S BAR:
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.
Independent on Sunday
Hilarious, informed and intelligent ... a wonderful debut. By the end, we, too, would like to move to Ireland
An engaging, evocative book. Four out of five stars
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
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
Yorkshire Evening Post
A riveting piece of storytelling