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Interview with James P. Mahon, author of Through Irish Eyes

Interview with James P. Mahon, author of Through Irish Eyes

James P. Mahon, author of Through Irish Eyes recommends some interesting books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out James's book:

Through Irish Eyes

Through Irish Eyes

James P. Mahon

This first book by James P Mahon falls into three themes:

1: A Journey, looking at one journey of an emigrant from Romania to Gort, to Dublin, to Galway, New York, Sheffield, Tennessee back to Gort now to Glasgow. The autobiographical aspect of what defines emigration at 25 for 400,000 young Irish and the profiling of one journey away and returning home and away again.

2. Irish Identity, Looking at the Celtic Tiger Cubs, the Bebo Generation and what makes one Irish. How do you become Irish or represent Irish identity overseas, who are the 21st Irish emigrants?

3. Storytelling, Examining journalism and the stories that are all around us and how we tell them as journalists. Looking at what makes good journalism and the role life experience plays in being good at telling stories for and with others.

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Amazon Kindle £3.17


Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?

Starfish by Tom and Nicola Ray.

Starfish - One Family's Tale of Triumph After Tragedy

Starfish - One Family's Tale of Triumph After Tragedy

Tom Ray, Nic Ray

Review From Book Depository: 'There is a voice that whispers to me on the pillow. I have no idea if it is part of the dream, a hallucination, or reality. It talks of children, bringing news of a girl called Grace who loves me very much and a new baby boy called Freddie, who apparently needs me to get better... It stirs a part of me, even in my coma, reminding me that I'm thirty-eight and in love with the most beautiful woman in the world. It tells me that one third of me is gone but what's left is enough; that the thing is, above all, to survive.'When Tom Ray put his young daughter to bed one chilly December evening, he had everything he could ever want - the house of his dreams, a beautiful wife and a second baby on the way.

By the next morning all of this was in jeopardy as Tom succumbed to the devastating illness that is sepsis.Starfish tells Tom and Nic Ray's truly inspirational story of their life before, during and after the illness which claimed Tom's lower arms, legs, and a portion of his face. Heart-breakingly honest and affecting, their story charts the devastating effects of Tom's illness, Nic's heroic struggle to cope and, ultimately, the love and hope that has held their family together in the ensuing years.

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Book Depository €13.06 Waterstones £8.99 Wordery $17.80

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Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?

Lord Of The Rings.

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien

Review From Book Depository Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

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Book Depository €19.72 Waterstones £5.99 Wordery $21.04

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Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?


Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Galway.


Many thanks to James for recommending some interesting books! Please don't forget to check out James's book Through Irish Eyes.

Image Copyrights: Book Hub Publishing (Through Irish Eyes), John Blake Publishing Ltd (Starfish), HarperCollins Publishers (Lord of the Rings).

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