I found my copy of Father`s Music in a charity shop for 50p.
I decided to buy it because I thought it would be a good read, going by what had been written about it in the reviews on the back cover.Father`s Music was first published in 1997 and it is of it`s time. Although the late 90`s were not that long ago some parts of this book now seem dated, but I like this as I am into nostalgia, for example our heroine is listening to her Walkman whereas nowadays it would probably be an iPod.I was not disappointed with the book and I found it hard to put down once I had got into the story.
**About the Story**
Tracey Evans is a young woman in her early twenties and living alone since leaving her grandparent`s home where she grew up .Tracey left the family home after the early death of her mother 16 months ago..She does not know if her father is still alive as her parents broke up when she was very young.Her parents never divorced and all Tracey knows of her father is that he was Irish and a lot older than her mother.
Through a chance involvement with a married Irishman ,Tracey travels to Ireland and finds out that her father is still alive.She wants to find him so that she can tell him his wife has died .
During her adventure she finds out some sad news concerning her grandparents and she tries to build bridges in her relationship with them.She uncovers some unsavory family secrets that could somehow explain her poor late mother`s mental illness.
We (the readers) follow Tracey on her travels from the bright lights of London ,the mean streets of 1990`s Dublin where Tracey also has some terrible childhood memories from when she went there with her mother several years ago , and into the remoter parts of Ireland where her father has been recently seen playing his famous music in country pubs.She encounters lots of danger along the way because her married boyfriend and his family are notorious criminals.
This is a good read, sometimes sad,shocking in places but often exciting always with lots going on.
http://www.dermotbolger.com/ The authors website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermot_Bolger Dermot Bolger`s Wikipedia page
http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/Pages/Home.aspx Publishers website