Book of the week: When Skateboards will be free – Said Sayrafiezadeeh

When Skateboards will be free My reluctant political childhood Said Sayrafiezadeh Penguin Press This is not an autobiography but a boys story as he goes from baby to child to adolescent in the shadow of parents active in the socialist workers party. So much of it rings true as the parents set out to change … Continue reading Book of the week: When Skateboards will be free – Said Sayrafiezadeeh

Book of the week: The dublin docker – Working loves of dublin sea port

The dublin docker Working loves of dublin sea port Aileen o Carroll and don Bennett Irish academic press I was apprehensive about reading this. Something didn’t quite fit, an academic look on working class dublin. An overview of employees of dublin port. I always find it amusing when academics and those born into privilege can … Continue reading Book of the week: The dublin docker – Working loves of dublin sea port

Book of the week – Penguins Stopped Play

Penguins stopped play Eleven village cricketers take on the world Harry Thompson John Murray publications. I know what it’s like to start your own sports team. My brothers did it in the 80s. While i was involved in putting on gigs of bands I wanted to see they were getting together to play football with … Continue reading Book of the week – Penguins Stopped Play

Book of the week – The new poverty

The new poverty Stephen armstrong Verso books Being verso this isn’t really a story but a statement of facts. Some up facts which are just a magnified version of our own inequality. In 2015 1 and a 1/4 million people were facing destitution. This mean that over 300,000 people faved two or more the following … Continue reading Book of the week – The new poverty

Book of the week – A Ton Of Malice

A Ton of Malice The half life of an Irish punk in London Barry McKinley Old street publishing. Any book that mentions the radiators from space in its opening score of pages is bound to draw me in. I got drawn even further as songs get a mention. They were cursory mentions however as it … Continue reading Book of the week – A Ton Of Malice

Book of the week – Punk Rock Entrepreneur

Punk rock entrepreneur Running a business without losing your values Caroline Moore Microcosm Business and punk rock are strange bedfellows. They are not and really can’t be anathema to each other but the do it yourself philosophy of punk rock and the will of so many of its participants to break down a capitalist system … Continue reading Book of the week – Punk Rock Entrepreneur

Book of the week – Conversations with friends

Conversations with friends Sally Rooney Faber and faber Irish author Sally Rooney is still in her twenties. She was born a year after I played my last gig (1990 for me). Conversations with a friends is a story of four people who are close to each other. Four ordinary Irish people living in the 21st … Continue reading Book of the week – Conversations with friends

Book Of The Week – Christy Ring by Val Dorgan

Christy ring Val Dorgan Ward River press Unlike autobiographies this goes straight in for the kill. The opening pages are spent lamenting about the loss of ground hurling to the game.  It’s more a story about the autobiography but provides excellent insights into the introverted excellence that was christy ring. His hurling came at a … Continue reading Book Of The Week – Christy Ring by Val Dorgan

Book of the week – The choice by Edith eger

The choice Edith eger Penguin/random house Edith eger was incarcerated and tortured at auschwitz. She was not broken by the threat of annihilation or the horrors she experienced, instead they strengthened her. Her reason for this introduction to horror? Being born a Jew in Hungary. This book is Edith’s wish to help the reader experience … Continue reading Book of the week – The choice by Edith eger

Book of the Week – Jayo; My autobiography 

Jayo My autobiography Jason Sherlock Simon and schuster I was uncomfortable before reading this. My dad started bringing me to see dublin football matches and training since I was a kid in single digit years. Over 40 years later I’m still going. I’ve passed this on to my kids and see the beauty in sport. … Continue reading Book of the Week – Jayo; My autobiography