Featured New Book: Ramblings in Ireland by Kerry Dwyer


Kerry Dwyer is another author I’ve gotten to know over Twitter. So, of course… one author + new release equals an invite from Susan, so here you go… Proving that music knows no boundaries!

When I looked at your blog and the single question my first thought were ‘What on earth will I have in common with people who read this site’. I am about double the average age of other contributors and from a completely different musical background. But the more I thought about it the more I felt I was totally wrong. Music can join many different people, people can enjoy many different types of music. Songs that were fist released nearly eighty years ago are coming back into popularity with modernised cover versions. I was brought up in the folk clubs of London and in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s met folk heroes such as Pete and Peggy Seegar, Ewan McColl and Frankie Armstrong. The only popular artist that I ever met was Kirsty McColl but we were both small children at the time. In my book, Ramblings In Ireland, I talk about this time and mention one of Ewan McColl’s best known songs ‘The Manchester Rambler’. Of course I can’t think about walking without thinking about this song and about that time in my childhood. I don’t hear that song very often. One song that has stood the test of generations is ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’. This song was written by Ewan for Peggy. in 1957 It first became a major international hit in 1972 for Roberta Flack and has since been covered and released 68 times. The more famous cover versions were by Celine Dion, Diana Ross, Elvis Presley and Alison Moyet, the version by Johnny Mathis sounds like chocolate. This year Peggy, the woman for whom this song was originally written, has released a new version. with Broadcaster. Her voice is still as magnificent as ever.I think it is wonderful that she has released this song that was written for her all that time ago.

Book Blurb

Ramblings in Ireland

This is not a book about rambling in Ireland.

It tells the tale of one particular walking trip and the memories and musings it inspired.

Exploring the West of Ireland is a time for meditation, spiritual reflection and strengthening the bonds of life. More practically the ability to read a map might have proved helpful. The tourist office in Ireland has all their paths clearly marked. You can’t go wrong if you follow that little yellow man. Or can you?

As British ex-patriate Kerry Dwyer leads Bertrand, her trusting French husband, astray once more, they reminisce and reflect upon accents and accidents, family and friends, love and what it means to be alive. Bertrand doesn’t mind getting lost – he loves Kerry all the more for going off the beaten track.

This is a book about ramblings in Ireland. Walk with Kerry and Bertrand and follow where your thoughts lead you.


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  1. Maureen

    November 26, 2012 10:25 am

    I am just about to re read Ramblings in Ireland. Also I now plan a visit to walk where Kerry and Bertrand walked on their rambles.
    Such a lovely book, you come away from reading it feeling that you know this couple as friends and want to tread in their footsteps.
    Now I await the next book from Kerry, it can’t come soon enough.

    • Kerry Dwyer

      November 26, 2012 4:00 pm

      Thanks for your comment Maureen. I am delighted that you liked the book enough to read it twice and that you want to tread our footsteps.
      Ireland is a wonderful country and I am sure that you will have a wonderful time there.
      My next book is taking a while – maybe I should go back too to be re inspired. 🙂

  2. Paulette Mahurin

    November 27, 2012 2:23 pm

    Great post and love that you connected on twitter. Goes to show that music and books have no boundaries, two of the best uniting forces. This is a wonderful read and I’m most impressed with this site.

  3. Kerry Dwyer

    November 29, 2012 4:20 am

    It is amazing who we meet through the netiverse. This is a lovely site Paulette. I would be interested to read your entry.

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