By John Doyle

ISBN-10: 0786718145

ISBN-13: 9780786718146

Celebrated television critic John Doyle has penned an Irish memoir that offers a portrait of a boy and his kingdom reworked via tv. humorous, insightful, and fascinating, a very good banquet of sunshine starts within the small city of Nenagh, the place younger John's father bought the family's first tv in 1962, and results in 1979 with the Pope's old stopover at to the Emerald Isle, the looks of "Dallas" on Irish television, and twenty-two-year-old John's break out to North the US. by means of day, John used to be schooled by way of the Christian brothers within the valor of Irish insurgent heroes and the saintliness of Catholic martyrs. yet within the evenings, tv conveyed extra subversive messages: American westerns, "I Love Lucy, the fellow from U.N.C.L.E., Laugh-In, The Muppet convey, Starsky and Hutch, and Monty Python instructed methods of existence that have been interesting and loose. information assurance of yank civil rights and women's rights protests, Irish highway riots, bombings, and Bloody Sunday clashed with Catholic conservatism. whereas the "global village" used to be yanking eire out of its prior, one clever and sardonic boy was once taking notes. His tale, right now an enthralling coming-of-age story and a compelling social historical past, is a great addition to the literature of Ireland.

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