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Publisher's Summary

When his loving wife, Betty, plans a trip to Ireland for Fatty O’Leary’s 40th birthday things go wrong almost immediately: the seats in economy class on the plane are too small; Irish bathroom furniture is not as commodious as he'd have liked. And all the time Fatty must put up with the unthinking cruelty of strangers.
©2014 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"In a hilarious and touching portrayal of a kindly and misunderstood soul, McCall Smith has created yet another memorable character who will become an instant favourite to his many fans."
"McCall Smith's generous writing and dry humour, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books to readers" (New York Times)
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By Kathryn on 07-25-15

Poor Fatty

I loved the story but thought Fatty had a pretty tough go of it.
Glad he was happy in the end but just felt it fell a bit flat.
Would read it again, though!

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By SUB on 06-30-16

Good narrator, bad book

I did listen to the whole of the book, but I nearly gave up a number of times.

The good points? Well the narrator was good. The bad? The characters were unlikeable, the situations were unbelievable, and the resolution of the story was unsatisfactory.

I think the author was trying to write in the style of Wodehouse, but it was just far to clumsy.

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By Sylv Sheehan on 09-17-15

enjoyable

this is amusing and I laughed out loud at some of it. easy going and feel good

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