The Shiny Red Honda

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Growing up in rural County Waterford in the 1950/60's with my beautiful red Honda.
The Mass path, crossroad dancing, travelling shows, being an Altar Boy, memories of an age of innocence.
It is also about dreams and aspirations; a young man's entry into the world of work, and his brief flirtation with the music business. A story told as it was - warts and all More

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About Tom O'Brien

Tom O’Brien is a native of Co. Waterford, in Ireland. He resides in Hastings, East Sussex UK

Published books include:

CHASING THE RAINBOW……..ISBN 0953187500
CONFESSION OF AN ALTAR BOY….ISBN 1-59129-164-X
CONFESSIONS OF A CORNER BOY….ISBN 1-4137-1179-0
CASSIDY’S CROSS………….ISBN 09531875-1-9
DOWN BOTTLE ALLEY……ISBN 978-1-906451-21-9

Published ebooks (Kindle)
CASSIDY’S CROSS
CRICKLEWOOD COWBOYS
LETTERS TO MOTHER AND OTHER DEAD RELATIVES
ON RAGLAN ROAD
I'LL TELL ME MA
THE MISSING POSTMAN AND OTHER STORIES
DOWN BOTTLE ALLEY
CRICKLEWOOD COWBOYS

Published ebooks Smashwords
THE SHINY RED HONDA
CRICKLEWOOD COWBOYS
THE MISSING POSTMAN AND OTHER STORIES

plays include:

MONEY FROM AMERICA - The Tabard, Pentameters, Old Red Lion
JOHNJO - Kings Head, The Old Red Lion, Buxton, Touring.
CRICKLEWOOD COWBOYS - The Tabard.
JACK DOYLE- GORGEOUS GAEL - Kings Head
BEHAN’S WOMEN – Canal Café Theatre, London
ON RAGLAN ROAD – Old Red Lion – New York – Irish Tour.
QUEENIE
PUT YOUR SWEET LIPS…
THE MISSING POSTMAN
OF MICE AND MEN (adaption)
FRIGHTENING THE CROWS
DOWN BOTTLE ALLEY-White Rock, Hastings, Irish Centre, Camden (published by Circaidy Gregory Press 2010)
KAVANAGH - Irish Tour, Winnipeg
I’LL TELL ME MA… Irish Club, London
OLIVER CROMWELL’S TOUR OF IRELANDCourtyard, N1 LONDON
FALLING FROM GRACE (a musical based on the life/times of Shane MacGowan of The Pogues)
KATHY KIRBY – ICON (Etcetera Theatre, Camden 16-20th AUG 2012)
LAST OF THE TRAVELLERS (A biog. of Pecker Dunne)
MISS WHIPLASH REGRETS
RACE RELATIONS

Copies of plays can be emailed to interested parties.

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Reviews

Review by: C E on June 19, 2013 :
Tom O'Brien's autobiographical book The Shiny Red Honda is a witty blend of nostalgia, humour and hard-necked survivalism set in rural Ireland in the mid 20th century.
Tricks and games, and childish and often crude attempts to grow into the weird world of the fervently Catholic Irish community as a youngster describes the author's early story through the school years.
Volatile school-teachers instil a variety of traits and learned tactics for both appeasing and anatagoning all and sundry, and the relationship between Church, school and home are intimately close and often merged.
As a boy in the country, O'Brien gives us splendid insights into the natural world through his observations of wild animals and the subtle effects of the seasons on his immediate environment.
Looming beyond his homestead, the constantly changing view of the Comeragh mountains is something Tom refers to and takes us on a tour with him. The rural lifestyle demanded hard work and struggles to make ends meet.
A wonderful story about a pig being readied for the chop - so to speak - results in an unusual way of finding the bacon. Other amusing stories revolved around his places of work, and also the local dances in search of female companionship and enlightenment into the mysteries of love.
His time with the Royal Dukes band holds many stories of young men chancing their arms to succeed.
Altogether a feel-good story, told in the amusing O'Brien way with a twinkle in the eye; a story of its time realistically delivered without rose-tinted glasses and fairy dust.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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