Book review: Bruised, Never Broken by Phil Coulter

Piano man plays it safe with genial but guarded memoir

3rd November, 2019
Phil Coulter pictured at the National Concert Hall in 1987: his memoir provides entertaining anecdotes but little self-analysis Pic: Getty

Memoir: Bruised, Never Broken, By Phil Coulter, Gill Books, €19.95

‘Phil Coulter is not a genius,” the Dubliners’ singer Luke Kelly once said. “He’s a craftsman and a very good one.” Something similar might be said about the Derry musician’s memoir, which is smooth, fluent and a pleasantly entertaining read – but also lacks the edge that would have made it truly exceptional.

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