'Irish Times journalist Patrick Freyne turns his hand to essay-writing in this collection that will make you weep with laughter and also, sometimes simultaneously, with sorrow. Freyne's writing tackles subjects from the hilarious and sublime to the deadly serious and these essays are no exception. From his childhood on an army base, to a strange summer in Germany, to dealing with mental health issues, Freyne's skilled storytelling is truly a delightful reading experience.'
Imogen McBean, Dubray Rathmines.
In his work for the Irish Times, Patrick Freyne has established himself as one of the funniest and most consistently interesting journalists at work today. Now, in his first book, he emerges as an essayist of genius, capable of making us laugh and cry on the same page.
Life as seen through the eyes of Patrick Freyne is stranger and more interesting than life as we generally know it. Like David Sedaris or Nora Ephron, he creates an environment all his own - fundamentally comic, sometimes unsettling, always deeply humane. Whether he is writing about the absurdity of life (the band he used to be in, some crappy jobs he's had, ridiculous adventures one summer in Germany) or darkness and loss (his struggles with his mental health, encounters with the homeless in Dublin, his experiences as a care worker), he leaves the reader with the rare and comforting feeling of being in good hands. And when he writes about the deaths of two close friends, or life without children, or the power of group song, he brings us to the highest levels that the essay can attain.
OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea is a joyous reading experience from an instantly essential new writer.