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WriteSide with Peter Cosgrove


Peter Cosgrove

Peter Cosgrove

Peter Cosgrove

Your self-published book Fun Unplugged has been a bestseller. What's it all about?

It's a book to help kids get off their screens. Kids are becoming addicted to their screens. It's not their fault. Most of the books about this are about giving out to kids. The aim of the book is to give them an alternative.

Take away kids from screens - how do you achieve that?

It's a book of puzzles, brain-teasers, tricks and riddles. With every one of them, you have to ask someone a question. So it is very social.

Well, give us an example.

Two boxers are taking part in a boxing match (regular boxing, not kick-boxing). Twelve rounds are scheduled, but the match ends after six rounds when one boxer knocks out the other boxer, yet no man throws a punch. How is this possible?

You have knocked me out there. How is it possible?

The fighters are both women.

So how did you learn these riddles and tricks?

I grew up in a family of 11, with four brothers and four sisters. When we were on holiday near Carlingford we only had one TV channel - we had to find something to do on rainy days. Also, my mother ran a crèche. I spent a lot of time working there, and entertaining the kids.

Can you turn kids into budding magicians?

One of my favourite tricks in the book is where you move a straw on a table without touching it. You can get the straw to follow your thumb magically. No one notices that you are blowing gently - and that is what is moving the straw.

What was it like publishing the book yourself?

I walked into 100 shops and I sold it myself. I was carting 800 books down to Eason and 600 to Dubray. I knew it was a good concept and it struck a chord. I have found a publisher for the next one.

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