“London Irish Dublin English: A Wannabe Irish Man Seeks His Destiny” by Daniel M Doyle

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London Irish Dublin English: A Wannabe Irish Man Seeks His Destiny

by Daniel M Doyle

Genre: British/Irish/Humor & Satire

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Dublin is a wonderful place to live and work. Experience this through the eyes of Donal, a wannabe Irish man. He loved the place so much that he moved here, from London, in the middle of the recession hit 1980’s.You are transposed to a bar stool, a cafe seat or the office water cooler, observing a host of idiosyncratic characters at close quarters.

Working for an IT multinational company, he’s trying to sell computers to Dubliners. That’s not easy. If he doesn’t close a big deal with his customer, the bank, by the end of the year he’ll be on the boat back home. You’ll meet Harry, the sales director, who should have been born two hundred years ago. Then there’s Nicky, the sultry marketing manager. Proceed with caution here. Try not to bump into Mannix, the sales manager. He’s rather clumsy and shy. Mairead is the smouldering Sales Prevention Officer. Be sure to stay on the right side of her. She could make things difficult for you. Try to avoid negotiating with Len, the bank’s procurement chief. It’s not a pleasant experience. If you fancy a night out in Dublin then take Terry with you. He’s the IT Director. He likes to be entertained. Be careful not to be mesmerized by Samantha, the bank’s beautiful Finance Director. She’s really cool.

Will Donal achieve his longed for Irishness? Will he close that sale? How will Nicky harness her sultriness for the greater good of society? Will Mannix overcome his inter-personal ineptitude? Will Mairead finally reveal the inner passionate woman? Will Terry get rid of Len? Will Harry get it together with Samantha? If humour be the food of life – read on!

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Review – “Harry Lane is Innocent” by J Scaddon

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While this is a work of fiction, it brings to mind the question, “Why are we always so quick to think the worst of those who are simple-minded and slow?”

Harry Lane is a gentle giant born with severe learning difficulties. His supportive parents and sister love him unconditionally and try to protect him from the regular barrage of bullying. Harry is in the wrong place at the wrong time while running an errand, and is much too quickly labeled, arrested and convicted of murder.

I had a difficult time accepting the actions of just about everyone involved after Harry’s arrest. Not because they were not believable, but in fact, because they were all too believable…in all of their apathy.

A quick read at less than one hundred pages, “Harry Lane is Innocent” took me longer than usual to read because it gave me pause so many times. The thought processes and actions of those in law enforcement and the judicial system are questionable at best, and appalling and offensive at most.

The travesty that is supposed to be his trial is made even more offensive because the most reprehensible person involved is Harry’s barrister (defense attorney.) Someone with a brain and an ounce of compassion would surely have gotten a different outcome, but Albert Mayor is only concerned with self. His trainee, Florence Ranger, is aware of inconsistencies in the evidence, confession and testimony, but as a female barrister in 1948 London, she simply doesn’t have the confidence or support to help Harry…in the beginning.

“Harry Lane is Innocent” is a solidly written tale which examples Murphy’s Law – anything that could go wrong…did go wrong.

On a personal note, I could have used a slower pace, and seen more of Harry’s family during his incarceration. It seems almost cruel that they were separated for so long. Even though he was convicted, his limited comprehension skills should have, at the very least, allowed him regular visits with his family.

Florence Ranger eventually gets the ball rolling on Harry’s behalf…only wish she had started sooner.

Fans of crime dramas, police procedurals and mysteries will definitely enjoy this read.