’Beautifully written, honest and thoroughly enjoyable. A great read’ Gay Byrne. Paperback edition.
Joe Duffy is a household name in Ireland. As the presenter of RTÉ Radio One's Liveline programme, he takes the pulse of the Irish nation every day, often delving into highly controversial topics. Whenever somebody wants to get something off their chest, the advice is often: “Talk to Joe”. Writing with raw honesty, Joe here recounts his difficult upbringing in working-class Ballyfermot.
He paints a poignant, heart-breaking picture of family life with a hard-drinking father and hard-working mother. Joe writes with candour about the death of his youngest brother Aidan and about his often difficult relationship with another brother, Brendan. Aspirations for a better life were rarely encouraged in Ballyfermot. Despite this, Joe was determined to escape to a different future.
He became one of the first from his area to enter the hallowed halls of Trinity College Dublin, where he developed a strong sense of social justice. After a stint working in the probation service, Joe eventually moved into a career in broadcasting, first as producer and then roving reporter on The Gay Byrne Show, before finally finding his niche on Liveline.
|Publication date||26 Apr 2012|