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Follow Me Down To Dublin By Deirdre Purcell Hodder Headline, €25

15th December, 2007

Follow Me Down To Dublin By Deirdre Purcell Hodder Headline, €25 Deirdre Purcell’s collection of interviews with longstanding residents of the capital city is interspersed with the novelist’s own autobiographical memories.

While the tone is predominantly gentle and affectionate, Purcell’s ability to locate the grit in the Dublin oyster makes the book far more than just another rare auld times nostalgia-fest.

Sample memory: as a Broadway Cafe waitress in...

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