|a few Drops short of a Pint|
(first printed 2007)
winner: IP Picks 2007 competition for Best Creative Non-Fiction
Chris Dowding lived a quiet, solitary life as an engineer in Brisbane that only began to change when he met his future wife Kerryn who, after their wedding, persuaded Chris to move to Ireland-to a new beginning. A Few Drops Short of a Pint is the hilarious account of Chris and Kerryn's Irish experience.
Capturing Chris's fascinations, frustrations and fears (did you know 58 percent of all motor accidents in Dublin occur during the day, in high visibility conditions with dry weather, on a straight road?) in his new surroundings, the story covers Irish lifestyle issues ranging from water heating to violent political factionalism.
While exploring Ireland, A Few Drops Short of a Pint is also a powerful story of self-exploration and discovery, showing that sometimes a change of circumstances is all the therapy we need. Jubilant and demoralised in equal measures, this is a story oozing with razor sharp (and often self-deprecating) wit that beautifully captures the experience of transplanting yourself into a foreign culture.
"A few Drops short of a Pint is my first book, and is about my experiences of moving to Ireland. I'd describe it as a comedy, although it also explores Ireland's growth as part of the European Union, and looks at the age old tension between the Irish and the English."
Chris Dowding, travel writer
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