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Open-Handed. By Chris Binchy, Penguin, €15

20th September, 2008

Open-Handed. By Chris Binchy, Penguin, €15

In Chris Binchy’s 2001 debut, The Very Man, he chronicled the rise and fall of a typical Celtic tiger cub. The message was simple: succumb to the lure of money easily made and friends easily lost, and you’d find yourself in the dole queue again soon enough.

Binchy’s novel, and the ones that followed it, didn’t offer easy answers. His characters are often not terribly likeable,...

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