This is the thirteenth novel in Paul Howard’s satirical Ross O’Carroll-Kelly series which began in an Irish newspaper column in 1998 and have since sold half a million copies. With a series based so much on immediate satire it’s difficult to know whether those new to the series should start way back at the beginning with The Miseducation Years and work their way through Ireland’s boom and bust or enjoy the wicked humour and present setting. For those who love Ross (or more accurately love to hate him) this is Howard back on form and the steady redemption.
Since inheriting a pile in Killiney, Ross O'Carroll-Kelly - schools rugby legend, lover of the ladeez and award-winning author - can add a new string to his not inconsiderable (you know what I mean) bow - lord of the manor. Downturn Abbey is the story of how he tackles his new responsibilities. Or not. The century is not yet a teenager, yet everything is shrouded in gloom. People are tightening their belts, rationing and making do. Across Europe, there is uncertainty, with the possibility of, like, serious conflict hanging in the air. Yet, amidst the splendour of Honalee - a mock-something-or-other mansion that Ross and Sorcha recently inherited - life goes on. The world is changing quickly - especially for Ross. As he stares down the barrel of middle age, he has decided that it's time to possibly do right by Sorcha and put their marriage back together. But he has even bigger challenges to face. His son has hitched his future to a family of commoners, his old dear is involved in a love affair that threatens disgrace for the family, and his daughter has turned into the worst little madam you can imagine. Oh, yeah, and he is about to become a grandfather at 31. As Sorcha embraces her new life of afternoon teas on fine bone china plates and Downton Abbey theme porties, he is suddenly wrestling with duty, loyalty and the thousands of women out there who still desire the pleasure of his company. Downturn Abbey is the thirteenth novel in Paul Howard's 'Ross O'Carroll-Kelly' series. Ross books - annual No 1 bestsellers - have sold over half a million copies, are annually nominated for the Popular Fiction prize at the Irish Book Awards - where they have twice won the prize - and are also critically acclaimed as satirical masterpieces. Titles include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress, Should have Got off at Sydney Parade, This Champagne Mojito is the Last Thing I Own, Rhino What You Did Last Summer, NAMA Mia!, The Oh My God Delusion (chosen as Ireland's favourite book in Eason's 2011 125th birthday poll) and The Shelbourne Ultimatum.
'Unremittingly funny' - RTE Guide on The Shelbourne Ultimatum
'The preeminent satirist of our times ... says more about contemporary Ireland than a whole Aosdana's-worth of state-of-the-nation authors' - Irish Times
Publication date: 01/05/2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||1st May 2014|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Humour, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is a man of the people – if the people are basically birds and drop-dead focking gorgeous. Because life is short, roysh, so you can’t fock about with, like, rolling mauls, you’ve got to head straight for the line. Which is second nature to a try-scorer like me, given my ball-handling skills. How the hell did I get so lucky? Focked if I know. Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is the author of several bestselling books including; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Dress, Should Have Got Off at Sydney Parade, ...More About Ross O'Carroll-Kelly