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Knick knack paddy whack : a novel
O'Hanlon, Ardal.
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Talk of the town
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2000.

Physical Description:
244 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published as: The talk of the town. London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1998.
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A surprise best-seller in Britain, this outrageous, weirdly funny first novel will appeal to fans of Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha. Not since Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye has literature seen a young man with as much contempt for hypocrisy and phoniness as Patrick Scully, the narrator of this brilliantly observed tale of a nineteen-year-old's frustrations and dreams. Stuck in a dead- job in Dublin, while his friends pursue useless degrees at the university, Patrick escapes for a week to his hometown of Killeeny, a few hours' bus ride from Dublin. There he hooks up with his childhood chum, Balls O'Reilly, and his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Francesca, who, as we learn in chapters from her diary, is more interested in Balls than she'd want anyone, especially Patrick, to know. What follows is a rollicking week of carousing, drinking, and depravity, all seen through Patrick's searing and unforgiving eyes. Laced with hilarious small-town insight, this gripping first novel builds to a shocking climax as Patrick's insight into the duplicity of his so-called friends becomes more than he can bear.

Author Notes

Ardal O'Hanlon is an award-winning stand-up comedian and actor. Best known for the British television show, Father Ted, he has also appeared in films, including The Butcher Boy. He lives in Dublin and London. This is his first novel.

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Library Journal Review

O'Hanlon is an award-winning standup comedian in Britain, but his first novel is no laughing matter. Nineteen-year-old Patrick Scully escapes his grim life in Dublin by returning to his hometown one weekend, where he hooks up with sometime girlfriend Francesca and old chum Balls for a weekend of carousing and double-crossing. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.