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Summary

A heartwarming and hilarious novel about life, love and the weight of all we leave unsaid, Duffy and Son is a quietly moving masterpiece from one of Ireland’s most gifted comic writers.

Eugene Duffy is turning 70; his son Jim is turning 40.

For decades now, they’ve been running the family hardware shop and living in good-natured bachelor harmony. But time is marching on, and with thoughts of old age weighing heavily on his mind, Eugene is growing increasingly concerned about his son’s future.

He resolves to help in the best way possible: by finding Jim a wife. And he’s not going to let anyone—let alone Jim himself—stand in his way.

Reminiscent of Fredrik Backman’s best-selling novel A Man Called Ove, Duffy and Son contains a likeable but curmudgeonly main character, wry humour, tremendous heart, as well as a strong sense of community. It is a funny and heartwarming novel which celebrates the messiness of ordinary lives and would make a perfect reading group choice.

©2022 Damien Owens (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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A Gem of a book!!

This is the best book Ive read it ages. Hints of "A man called Ove" , hints of "the hearts invisable furies". Bitter sweet in parts, laugh out loud in others- but truely a joyous read. The voice of the narrator adds a lot to the follow,and its an easy listen,The characters are all fantastic, and the story is moving. Its well written, and a brilliant snap shot of family drama, Irish life, and a pefect page turner. Havent heard of this author before,but i will be looking out for his other works- loved it!!!

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perfect

Love this story. the narration was perfect and my cheeks hurt from smiling so much.

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Amazing!

Fantastic listen and a lovely Irish story. Loved every minute.
The narrator was spot on.

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Magnificent

Narration was sublime
Damien Owens is incapable of writing a boring sentence
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to all

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Heartwarming and hilarious in equal measure.

A great listen. Loved the humour, and warmth of the friendship between Eugene and Frank, brought brilliantly to life by the very talented narrator.

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Superb Book

Real laugh out loud moments and enjoyed every minute of the story. A must read/listen

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  • 01-04-22

Disappointing

The summary tries too hard to sell the book.This book is neither "hilarious and heart warming" nor "reminiscent of A Man Called Ove", as the summary claims. There are a few light laughs but that is it. I definitely would not describe it as a "quietly moving masterpiece".

The book is boring, nothing much happens. The blurb led me to believe the story would focus on the son's search for a wife. The story is more about the father's past regrets and mistakes than the son's quest for love.

The son is a very one dimensional character, we don't know much about him. The son ultimately finds his match on his own, but it happens behind the scenes. It is pretty easy for the listener to determine the identity of the secret romantic interest before the big reveal.

It is a tiresome book, and I couldn't wait for it to be over. I had high hopes for this one, but it ultimately fell flat.

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