The Plastic Tomato Cutter
A delightful story of love and snooker, of old customs giving way to outrageous youthful behaviour.
Mr Yendall, one of life’s great antiques even as a young man, charts the downward
progress of society from his position as deputy-
Of another age, Tim Harding, snooker champion and member of the society of bellringers
– despite him being a ‘black Protestant’ ex-
Michael Curtin’s characters are enormously attractive, their dilemmas are unbelievable and yet strangely real and he brings to this novel of dazzling comic twists and turns an abiding affection for the human condition.
‘Curtin is one of Ireland’s best writers.’
'Good on modern dialogue, clever with ticklish set pieces and screamingly funny about male eccentricities.’
‘The effect at first of tuning one’s radio into the middle of a garrulous Irish soap opera… Curtin’s is a wit that touches the heart.’
‘Curtin’s books are marvellous achievements, very funny and very, very human. He has also created some of the best barmen in modern literature.’