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Time Present and Time Past

by Deirdre Madden

I could never have imagined that the story of some uneventful months in the life of middle-aged Finton Buckley, dutiful son but loving husband, father, brother and nephew, could be such a fascinating read. Wonderfully written and shot through with gentle humour, far from my usual read but a book I found myself looking forward to as I worked.

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'Look at her', Martina says, as Fintan bends and kisses his aunt, 'Isn't she like a sweet old lady out of central casting? I'm just about to spoil things and pour her a whiskey. What can I get you?'

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