Sunday July 12, 2020

Story of a Sixties star lacks sparkle

Biography: I Read the News Today, Oh Boy, By Paul Howard, Picador, €20.50

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

27th November, 2016
Tara Browne and his wife Nicki photographed for Vogue Pic: Willy Rizzo

Paul Howard knows a zeitgeist when he sees one. After all, he is the award-winning journalist and creator of the Ross O’Carroll-Kelly series of books – a fictional composite of all the most excruciating, and most acutely observed, clichés of Irish rugby during the Celtic Tiger years.

A decade ago, Howard came across the story of Tara Browne, the young man who inspired John Lennon’s famous lyric for A Day In...

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