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Dublin... Now & then: Michelle Jackson

Bestselling author Michelle Jackson is wild about Oscar and our gift for telling a joke, but is not keen on drunken teenage girls flashing their bottoms

Michelle jackson is the author of the bestselling novel Two Days in Biarritz. She enjoys travel and gets immense pleasure from the research that she has to do for her books. She lives in Howth with her husband and two children.

Favourite pub and why?

The Abbey Tavern in Howth is my local -- I love the cosy atmosphere and turf fires in winter. I also spent much of my youth in the Summit Inn in Howth and love it up there on long summer evenings.

Best place to eat?

Aqua on Howth's west pier is my favourite restaurant. It has everything -- great views, seafood and service.

Favourite landmark?

National Art Gallery in Merrion Square. It's a great place to meet someone and an oasis from the traffic and bustle of the city.

What do dubliners do better than anyone else in the world?

Tell a joke.

What's best: northside or southside?

Northside, of course.

Best dublin insult?

"He'd gerrup on the crack a dawn!"

Ideal way of spending a sunday in dublin?

On our little sailboat -- taking it over to Ireland's Eye Island and barbecuing with friends and family.

If you were to change one thing about dublin, what would it be?

The weather -- I'd like blistering sunshine everyday.

What would you ban, apart from cars?

Drunken teens wearing belts for skirts -- do they realise they are flashing their thongs and bottoms as they fall over?

Best thing about the recession?

People have stopped talking about how much their house is worth. But I do feel very sorry for those who are carrying around negative equity with the mess that was made by the property boom.

Favourite dubliner, alive or dead?

Can I have two please? Can't chose between Phil Lynott and Oscar Wilde -- great talents.

Michelle's latest novel Three Nights in New York, published by Poolbeg and priced at €7.99, is out now in paperback