Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2015.
A scrumptious, joyous read, stuffed full of sharp wit, laugh out loud frolics and gentle soothing compassion. Fatty and his loving, loyal saint of a wife Betty leave the comforts of home for a holiday to Ireland in 1979. A number of lamentable and often laughable events befall Fatty and because she is at his side, Betty too. The author as well as pointing out the ridiculous, also allows us to see Fatty from Betty’s eyes and therefore opens ours. Completely charming, this is a little gem of a book and an absolute pleasure to read. ~ Liz Robinson
His loving wife Betty plans a trip to Ireland for his 40th birthday and almost immediately things go wrong: the seats in economy class on the plane are too small; Irish bathroom furniture is not as commodious as he'd have liked. And all the time Fatty must put up with the unthinking cruelty of strangers. In an hilarious and touching portrayal of a kindly and misunderstood soul, McCall Smith has created yet another memorable character who will become an instant favourite to his many fans.
|Publication date:||10th April 2015|
|Author:||Alexander McCall Smith|
|Publisher:||Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Collections:||80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,|
|Primary Genre||Family Drama|
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Cornelius ‘Fatty’ O’Leary and his devoted wife Betty take a trip from their home in Arkansas to Ireland. Hopeful that his ancestral land would be full of delights and that the holiday would be memorable for all the right reasons, Fatty finds himself beset by a series of misfortunes and humiliations, indignities and embarrassments, and returns home a little wiser and more self-aware. This ‘literary amuse bouche’ puts its genial main character through trial by ordeal, but happily gives its amply proportioned hero the last laugh.
'McCall Smith's generous writing and dry humour, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers' - The New York Times
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the highly successful No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies. Since then he has devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the 44 Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in the Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series and the Corduroy Mansions novels. — New York Times Alexander McCall Smith, often referred to as ‘Sandy’, ...More About Alexander McCall Smith