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I'm too scared to let anyone read my book on JFK -- Tubs

LATE Late Show host Ryan Tubridy has revealed his fears about showing anyone, including his girlfriend of almost a year, Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, the early draft of his first book, JFK in Ireland.

Tubridy admits that the prospect of publishing his first historical manuscript -- which has been commissioned by Harper Collins as part of a €100,000 two-book deal -- terrifies him, given that he has very little background in writing.

The usually self-assured TV presenter says that his biggest fear about letting someone else critique his work before he has finished penning it, is that it would put him off his writing stride.



Appalling

And despite holding a first-class degree in theoretical physics and ambitions to do a PhD in the future, even brainy beauty Aoibhinn hasn't made the grade when it comes to taking a sneak peek at his findings.

"I've been really reluctant to show it to her (Aoibhinn) or anyone else to be honest," he told the Herald.

"I'm just concerned they will say it's appalling. I will happily take all opinions on board when it's bound and out of my hands but I don't think it would be of any benefit to me now.

"I'd have a bit of a confidence issue as to whether I'm on the right track. It's very much unknown country for me.

"I'm not a writer by profession, that's not my natural habitat so it's been a bit of a learning curve," he added.

The UCD graduate went on to explain how he has gained a renewed admiration for those who write fulltime for a living and claims that he would love to take a month out to concentrate on the book.

Tubridy has a personal interest in the topic of JFK's historical visit to Ireland, given that one of his relatives was instrumental in persuading President Kennedy to travel in June 1963, when huge crowds turned out to see him during visits to Dublin, Cork and his ancestral home in Wexford.

According to Tubridy: "I just wish I had a month to disappear from planet media and get my teeth stuck into it. It's truly a labour of love, with the emphasis on the labour.

"It's proving to be very, very tough but it's also a wonderful sort of escape from the reality of the daily shows that I do.

"I literally spend every hour that I'm not committed to the radio or TV working on it.

"It's like the ultimate literary detective game, I've learned some great little nuggets about the Kennedy family," he added.

In a bid to find out more, Tubridy spent some time in the States last March and says he is hoping to pay another visit to Washington next summer.

Book-lover Tubridy stepped out to Hughes & Hughes in Dun Laoghaire this morning to officially launch Storytime Survey in association with Kellogg's Rice Krispies.

The Montrose star was joined by Jack Sullivan (4) and Eabha Last (6) as they read children's books by Irish authors to launch the promotion.

lnolan@herald.ie

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