A book with a fan club
"Stories pour out of Harry Crosbie. He is one of life’s raconteurs. It is rare
that a talented talker can also write. But when he’s not inventing structures he can build, he’s inventing the people who populate his mind and his memories. Reading these Dublin tales is like spending an evening with the man himself. Pure pleasure."
- Bob Geldof
Elegant, pithy, brilliant
"We all thought Harry Crosbie was a born entrepreneur, but now we realise he was born to write. Elegant, pithy, brilliant”
– Pat Kenny, broadcaster
A virtuoso, in fact
“These stories sing with a language so melodic even a third or fourth reading offers up new surprises. He is the real deal, a master of rhythm, phrase and memory. ”
– Tommy Tiernan, broadcaster and comedian
Stories and wit
There are characters here. There is wit. There are stories that read like an autobiography of a life you wished you had lived.
- Neil Jordan, film director and novelist
These wonderfully direct and vivid tales catch the essence of Dublin life half a century ago. They are by turns rambunctious and touching, clear-eyed and accepting, warm though never sentimental, and frequently hilarious.
- John Banville, writer
Undernose Farm Revisited
In this expanded edition of his original privately published book of twelve stories published in December 2020, Crosbie adds a further sixteen tales of the Dublin of his youth. Begun during lockdown, Harry harvested his formidable memory and imagination to recreate city life during the early 1960s, told through tales of the Dublin and Dubliners who peopled his hard-scrabble world.
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Harry Crosbie is best known as the developer who transformed Dublin and its music scene during the 1990s with the Point and Bord Gáis theatres, Vicar Street and the docklands. Here he discovers a voice that will leave an equal mark on cultural memory.
A year after the release of his successful first collection, Undernose Farm Revisited, venue-builder-turned-writer Harry Crosbie is back with a colourful new selection of short stories.
Tragic and hilarious in equal measure, these Dublin tales capture the idiosyncrasies of characters old and new.
As the likes of James Joyce and Clare Keegan have proven, Ireland has a powerful legacy of short-storytelling. Crosbie’s El Furtivo deserves its place in this heritage, as he toys with masculinity, modernity and what it means to be a Dubliner.
As always, he never fails to both shock and delight
Peter McVerry Trust is a national housing and homeless charity committed to reducing homelessness and the harm caused by substance misuse and social disadvantage.
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