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Reviewed in Australia on 7 April 2022
It was his voice - the liltingly Irish voice - of Patrick O'Reilly I first fell in love with.
And as is the way with any passionate love affair, I was very soon madly in love with the man himself and his delightful, meandering, honest and often whimsical storytelling. Not to mention his compassion, kindness, intelligence, modesty, self-awareness, generosity of spirit ...
I could go on, but I'm sure by now you understand that The Rat Catcher: A love story is a glittering gem in the shining body of Kim Kelly's works.
It's also a sobering and enlightening social history, reflecting not only on Patrick O'Reilly's era but on the history of humankind itself.
All this is woven around the beautiful love story of Patrick and Rosie, and occasional tall tales that both Patrick O'Reilly and Kim Kelly assure us are true.
Although this is a slim volume - or perhaps because of that - I chose to read it slowly, savouring every moment, not wanting my love affair to end.
And it hasn't, really, because this book will always have a special place in my heart.
Thank you, thank you, Kim Kelly!
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