The Comedian

Overview

From a prolific Irish author with insight into modern male behavior, a story of childhood that is both funny and sad. It is 1975 in a small town near Dublin. Starsky and Hutch rule the television screen, and, in Northern Ireland, bombs are going off. It is a heady time for a boy whose life is about to change. His father is by day a delivery man for a bakery. Das dream, however, is to be a comedian, a stage performer, a star. Who can predict what will happen to this simple family...

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Overview

From a prolific Irish author with insight into modern male behavior, a story of childhood that is both funny and sad. It is 1975 in a small town near Dublin. Starsky and Hutch rule the television screen, and, in Northern Ireland, bombs are going off. It is a heady time for a boy whose life is about to change. His father is by day a delivery man for a bakery. Das dream, however, is to be a comedian, a stage performer, a star. Who can predict what will happen to this simple family when fame knocks at the door?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934848111
  • Publisher: Gemmamedia
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Open Door Series
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph O'Connor

JOSEPH O'CONNOR was born in 1963 and has written thirteen books, most recently the novel "Star of the Sea", which sold a million copies around the world. His work has been published in thirty languages, and he also writes for the stage and screen. He lives with his wife and two sons in Dublin, Ireland.

Good To Know

In our interview, O'Connor shared some fun facts about himself:

"As a university student, I once had a summer job selling plastic refuse sacks over the telephone. Rather worryingly, I was not too bad at it."

"I was born on 20 September, 1963, the anniversary of the day on which various pieces of Robert Emmet, the great 19th century Irish patriot, were separated from one another by British uniformed persons with the aid of an axe and scaffold. As a result of this haunting coincidence, my parents very nearly named me Emmet O'Connor. Quite a good name for a novelist, actually."

"I have always wanted to write a novel called The Old One-Two, but I haven't the faintest idea what it might be about."

"I'm afraid I have little time for hobbies, other than music, which I've mentioned above. My wife and I sometimes go to the opera. We're lucky enough to get to travel a lot, often because of work -- she's a screenwriter. As the father of a lively three-year old boy, I occasionally catch Barney or Clifford, the Big Red Dog. But secretly I prefer the ,I>Bear in the Big Blue House -- better stories and more moral ambiguity."

"Other ways of unwinding include regular and deafeningly loud doses of J. S. Bach, the great Muddy Waters, or George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers. As for literary dislikes, I do have one big one. Despite its newfound popularity, I must confess that I simply don't get the point of Tolkien's work, that sad little circus of hobbitry and Elvish. How profound must one's weariness of the real world have become to want to burrow into the recesses of Middle Earth like a disappointed mole. Some people I love swear that The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece, but I am firmly on the side of C. S. Lewis, who is said to have sighed, on reading an early draft: ‘Oh, for God's sake, Tolkien. Not another elf story.'"

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    1. Hometown:
      Dublin, Ireland
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 20, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dublin, Ireland
    1. Education:
      B.A., University College, Dublin, 1984; M.A., 1986; University College, Oxford, 1987; M.A., University of Leeds, 1991

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