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Minor masterpiece: Peadar Ó Guilín

Minor masterpiece: Peadar Ó Guilín

Minor masterpiece: Peadar Ó Guilín

Like most of us, I've virtually run out of books to read. The local bookshop has been well plundered at this stage.

In fact, the last book I bought was a copy of The Stand for a neighbour who had never heard of it. I thought it was perfect pandemic material for him to stick his teeth into and I must admit I was quite gratified when he complained that it gave him nightmares.

I had a similar experience even closer to home this week and I'm still laughing. Having run out of her own books, the missus was desperate for something to dive into.