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Friday 18 April 2014

Author Philpott unveils his 'unusual' memoirs

Ian O'Doherty, left, with author Tony Philpott at last night's launch of 'Faithless'.

A bustling crowd turned up in the Irish Writers' Centre last night for the launch of acclaimed screenwriter Tony Philpott's memoirs, 'Faithless'.

An account of Philpott's early life in the Dublin suburb of Crumlin and his subsequent departure from both Ireland and religion, 'Faithless' has been widely anticipated in literary circles.

The man who wrote TV drama 'Proof' and the cult 2001 Robbie Coltrane and John Belushi film 'On The Nose', was in fine form as he mingled with Niall O'Farrell of 'Dragon's Den' and award-winning singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow.

The book was launched by Irish Independent 'iSpy' columnist Ian O'Doherty, who said: "Philpott's book is an unusual memoir in that he has taken an averagely horrible Irish 1950s childhood and managed to make it warm and funny and possess a lot of heart."

O'Doherty also praised 'Faithless' for being "a stubborn, belligerent, funny, hugely entertaining read from an author who won't take no for an answer – in anything he does". "And that includes getting someone to launch his book," O'Doherty added.

Irish Independent

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