Every week Conor O'Shea collects a new group of American visitors from Shannon Airport from where they embark on a high end tour of the 'Real Ireland.' But this particular tour, with its cast of unintentionally hilarious characters, presents seasoned tour guide Conor with dilemmas that render him speechless for the first time in his life.
Among this eclectic group are Corlene, a gold-digging multiple divorcée on the prowl; Patrick, a love-starved Boston cop; Dylan, a goth uilleann piper; Dorothy, a poisonous college professor who wouldn't spend Christmas; Elliot, a wall street shark who finally shows his true colours; and then there's Ellen, back on Irish soil after so many years, to discover a truth nobody could have guessed, least of all herself. And that's just a few of the colourful cast.
The locals they meet on their journey, eccentric West Brits, passionate musicians, Ukrainian waitresses and Garda high flyers all help to make this a tour no-one will ever forget.
And of course there's Conor O'Shea in the thick of it all, solving problems and mending hearts, but what about his own?
"A Child Called It" meets "Out of Africa" in this stunning memoir of a woman’s 1950s childhood in Kenya. Filled with candid humor and insights, this authentic tale captures one woman's incredible coming-of-age journey." BookBub Jan 2014
In the "Out Of Africa" Karen Blixen setting of colonial Kenya in its final days, with the threats of the Mau Mau uprising ever-present, Susie's life disintegrates at break-neck speed into a web of jealousy, rejection and casual cruelty. Each time it seems things cannot get any worse, they do as Susie lifts the lid on her own, often shocking, behavior in her quest to protect herself and those she loves. Readers will shed a tear at her losses and laugh at her predicaments in this sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, book that gives a moving and often shocking insight in to the earlier life of the bestselling travel writer.
With her usual humor and honesty, Susie recalls a 1950s childhood in post-war London's every shade of grey which contrasts vividly with the splendours of Africa as, with her glamorous mother and father, Susie boards a ship bound for exotic, technicolor Kenya. Then its final decade as a colony, Kenya was peopled with larger-than-life characters who had helped to forge its identity.
Rebellious, lonely and self-destructive, it is a small grey pony named Cinderella who saves Susie from herself and brings her the love she craves.
If you enjoyed My Animals & Other Family by Clare Balding, Toast by Nigel Slater or A Child Called It: One Child's Courage To Survive by Dave Pelzer, you will love this shockingly honest personal memoir of a 1950s childhood, beautifully-written and full of gentle warmth and humor. A searingly honest and touching autobiography.
"A dysfuctional families true story that had me shedding real tears in some places and laughing out loud in other places as I read. A marvellous book."
"I am blown away by such talent. Fabulous, the kind of book were you can't wait to drop everything and get back to reading."
"This memoir kept me up. From the grey privations of postwar London to exotic colonial Kenya, I could not stop reading this. An almost idyllic early girlhood that becomes more and more dysfunctional. What a story!"
“Susie is not afraid to put into words her feelings of insecurity as a young girl, evoking compassion for the trials she endured.”
“I’m sure autobiographies can be a form of therapy but this one must have been the most painful book to write. I read it in one session. There is humour and there is humanity.”
“At one point I was almost ready to shout at the book: No, no don’t do it!
The whole story is a great tug on the heart strings. I couldn’t put the book down and have every intention of reading it again.”
More praise for Susie Kelly:
'There are a handful of authors who will achieve that elusive trick of making you laugh out loud. For me it's James Herriot, Bill Bryson & Susie Kelly.' French Entree Magazine June 2013
"What a great sense of humor Susie has, it makes her writing so endearing."
"Reading her books is like listening to relaxing music."
"This is a book I could read again and again."
"Absolutely brilliant, made me laugh - in fact snort out loud - and then cry.."
Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*Whether you're wielding a phone or a full-size DSLR, Lonely Planet's Best Ever Photography Tips will sharpen your skills and your pictures. Award-winning photographer Richard I'Anson has travelled the world for 30 years and founded Lonely Planet's image library. Follow his 55 essential steps to creating brilliant photographs worth sharing. How to shoot wildlife, nightlife, people, cities, landscapes and lunch How to compose, control and critique your photographs Plus Richard I'Anson's 10 Golden Rules of travel photography Author: Richard I'AnsonAbout Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places where they travel.TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia) *#1 in the world market share - source: Nielsen Bookscan. Australia, UK and USA. March 2012-January 2013
A Collection of Horse Training Tips, Secrets and Wisdom - Time-Tested Common Sense and Insights From Horse Training Experts (Volume 1)
Over the past 7+ years I have been writing horse tip emails 3 – 4 times a week with almost no breaks. I have shared these horse tips freely with the thousands of folks that subscribe to my email horse tips at www.HorseTrainingResources.com. If you haven’t subscribed then I highly encourage you to do so by going to the website.
I get dozens of emails every month from folks who say they love the writings, the stories, and useful horse tips. Quite frankly, it has been these email responses that have kept me writing over the years. To know that thousands of horse lovers out there read, use and enjoy these tips is both a blessing and is somewhat daunting at the same time. It’s fun but also carries a significant responsibility to get things right. I would never purposely lead anyone down the wrong path.
Here’s the thing – I don’t claim, nor do I attempt to position myself, to be a “famous horse trainer or clinician”. But I do have the ability (a gift) to share what I have learned through experience and learning from other professional trainers – especially those who we feature in our videos. I enjoy taking what I have learned from them and sharing it with others through stories using a fun writing style.
Judging from the email responses I get it must be working!
Over the years I have come to respect many well-experienced horse trainers who have shared their expertise with us. There are so many little nuggets of horse training secrets in their videos and interviews that I have to keep going back and watching them just to remind me of what I learned in the past. If you take time to listen closely and watch their methods you can’t help but learn these valuable tips. I promise you, they will help you with your training and understanding of these magnificent animals.
I compare these writings and stories to the time when I would sit on the porch and listen to my father, grandfather and other folks that I respect share their wisdom with me. The pearls of wisdom and insight they had were invaluable. The lessons of life and common sense conveyed through them were priceless. I was blessed to have those opportunities.
Lord knows we could use a lot more common sense in today’s society!
One day in one of my emails I casually mentioned that I should put a “compendium of my horse tips” together and publish it. The response was overwhelming! I thought more about it and started working on it. It has now come to fruition.
This is Volume 1 of these “horse tips emails” and other notes. I have also included some emails I have written for some special occasions. The response to many of these has been huge. I have found that almost everyone responds to events and concerns that affect us all. Things that tug at the heart or that we should be thankful for are read and appreciated by most of my readers – even if the primary interest is about horses.
Over the years I’ve been able to share my thoughts and my heart through these stories and have been privileged to build a trust through them. Folks get to know me and like these writings. They have been able to evaluate me, some after years of reading my writings, for whom I am. Trust is hard to gain, especially over the Internet! I value your trust as you get to know me and hope I never do anything to compromise that trust.
Thanks for reading! Please enjoy this collection of thoughts and insights.
As I always say – enjoy your horses… but please do it safely.
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