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In Giving Out Yards, Tara Flynn puts paid to the long-debated question of what makes us Irish, nailing it in one collective and hilarious grumble-fest. Her razor-sharp wit and keen analysis of those topics that bring us out in a rash – and running to the phone/laptop/neighbour for a healthy dose of spleen-venting – leaves no moan unturned.
Strictly non-solutions-based (if we found those, what on earth would we give out about?), here you’ll find plenty of advice on how best to milk your grievances, with handy lists and tips, and a cast of characters including Tom the Taxi Driver, Mairead Who Loves the Sound of Her Own Voice and Ciaran the Keyboard Warrior.
If you can’t beat them – ‘That shower in the Dail’, ‘the other shower’, the Angelus bongs, cyclists, potholes, the three Ds (drips, drink and drugs), criminals of all collar-hue, to name but a few – then you might as well knock the craic out of them. So look no further: the whine-line is open …


Very, very, very funny ... This brilliant book of first-class satire is a must-read for everyone interested in the strange psychology of Ireland
Marian Keyes
Engaging, caustic, occasionally serious and often hilarious ... [Tara Flynn's] book heralds her official arrival as one of our freshest, funniest and most furious voices
The Irish Times
Displaying a keen eye and a sharp wit, Tara Flynn's second book is more than a whimsical look at what gets Irish people's collective back up ... Each [grievance is] taken on with a wry eccentricity that always amuses and entertains
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