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Give a Book This Christmas: Colm O’Regan’s Recommendations

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By Colm O'Regan

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Comedian and author, Colm O’Regan’s Isn’t It Well For Ye? The Book of Irish Mammies, was nominated for the Bord Gais Energy Book Awards. Read our his article that reveals how the book came together here. We asked Colm to give us his top five recommended reads this Christmas, and he gave  us a real blend of suggestions:

AA Milne The Complete Winnie The Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by AA Milne with the illustrations by E.H. Shepard.

Quite simply, an essential book to have in any house that contains human beings. The thoughts, hopes and (especially for Piglet) fears of a group of friends as they battle whatever vicissitudes and woozles the 100 Aker Wood has to throw at them. Don’t bother your arse with any ersatz philosophical interpretation of it, just read the book. Wallow with Eeyore – surely the greatest anti-hero created – and cry a little bit at the end as Christopher Robin tries to explain to Pooh what happens when we grow up.


The Corrections by Jonathan Frantzen

There is nowt as queer as folk and folk are at their queerest when they deal with family. This book is about many things but for me the most interesting part is its portrayal of adult children’s relationship with parents who are getting old and a bit fragile.


Safe Area Gorazde – Joe Sacco

This is a journalistic comic book detailing the author’s experiences in Gorazde during the Bosnian War. If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to live under bombardment or siege, or if you ever doubted or forgot that within most of our lifetimes a brutal war was waged within 2 hours flight of here, this book will make sure you are under no illusions.


Stone Butch Blues – Leslie Feinberg

This is a heartbreaking book and deeply affecting. Transgender people are still fair game for abuse from many who have previously thought it ok to have a go at other races or sexualities. Read this and you will see the pain experienced behind the stereotype.


A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

All of Evelyn Waugh’s books are exquisitely written, hilarious and sharp as an axe but A Handful of Dust is more than that. It is the novel equivalent of the Wings Song Band On The Run where there is an abrupt change in tone and location about two thirds of the way through that is a million – well five thousand – miles away from the rarefied world of the English Gentry. Though it echoes their savagery.




Hailing from the small Co. Cork village of Dripsey, Colm O’Regan has stood up and made people laugh all over the world.

His comedy festival appearances include the prestigious invite only Montreal Just For Laughs, the Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Electric Picnic and many, many more. He has played all over Ireland and the UK and even as far away as Cape Town, Tokyo and Osaka and recently appeared on The Late Late Show.

Colm has worked with some of the top acts in Irish and international comedy today – Michael McIntyre, Carl Barron, Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne, Neil Delamere to name but a few.

Find out more at http://www.colmoregan.com/

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