Red-letter day for The Ginger Man

JP Donleavy described e-books as “a bad thing because they cannot be accumulated on shelves to remind you of your past, impress neighbours and colleagues, and to help prevent divorces thanks to the sheer bother of arguing over who owns what”

1st October, 2017
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First editions of The Commitments

The late JP Donleavy would have devoured Fonsie Mealy’s current catalogue. No fan of electronic books, he described them as “a bad thing because they cannot be accumulated on shelves to remind you of your past, impress neighbours and colleagues, and to help prevent divorces thanks to the sheer bother of arguing over who owns what”.

He defined writing as “turning one’s worst moments into profit”, never more so than with...

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