I started it just before we went to visit her in Ireland some months later, and finished it afterwards. It's a gem. Pete McCarthy is right up there with Bill Bryson when it comes to travel writing. This book is so funny and he made me feel like I was right there with him as he traveled the west of Ireland. He ends the book on his way back to England, at the Forty Foot, a place in Dublin where men swim year round, in the nude, in ridiculously cold water. How come? Because they always have. We were there at the Forty Foot. McCarthy captures the madness, and the sweetness, of the place perfectly. This is a really good book and I think you'll like it a lot.