Positive review of local book

Tom Wood’s book, 27 Main Street, has received a positive review in a recent edition of the Weekend Arts and Books section of The Irish Times.

Tom Wood’s book, 27 Main Street, has received a positive review in a recent edition of the Weekend Arts and Books section of The Irish Times.

In her review, Noeleen Dowling says: “27 Main Street by Tom Wood, (Red Hen Publishing), is a warm hearted family memoir of Father Bill Wood, an Irish missionary priest from Cashel, County Tipperary, who spent more than sixty years ministering in New Zealand while never forgetting his home at number 27 or the people who lived there.

“His nephew Tom has used the rich family archive of letters, essays and reminiscences to reconstruct and tell the story of his uncle’s life at home and abroad, and very satisfying it is too.

“The “history” here is mainly social: how people went about their lives, where they took their holidays, what they thought about.

“Very convincingly, the writer gets inside his uncles head to bring us his thoughts and aspirations. There is a glimpse of what you may call “big history” when he deals with the siege of Hong Kong as horrific events unfold.”