Brian O'Connell The Personals


Code 9780008321345
Add to Basket

Author: Brian O'Connell

Date Published: 03-Oct-2019

Some people do Sudoku, others watch Netflix. Brian O’Connell loves the classified ads. In an era of spin doctors and press releases, celebrities and social influencers, the classified ads can open a door into the lives of ordinary people with extraordinary stories. What draws Brian to the classified ads are the intriguing human stories he finds there, the unexpected twists and turns, the personalities, the curious objects and the range of human experience waiting to be discovered. The Personals is a diverse collection of compelling stories about the people and the lives behind the small ads.

About the Author

Originally from County Clare, but living in Cork, Brian O'Connell is a multi-award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster, best known for his work on Today with Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio 1. He has a particular passion for social issues and human-interest stories and is known for tackling often difficult and diverse subjects. His previous book Wasted addressed Ireland's relationship with alcohol.

Delivery Info

We provide FREE delivery in the Republic of Ireland when you spend €49 or more. 

FREE Click & Collect from The Ennis Bookshop. You will not be charged for this service.  We are happy to arrange Delivery outside Ireland. Please e-mail us at for more information. 

Find out more about our Delivery & Collection services

Returns Policy

We want you to be completely satisfied with your order and we would hope to resolve any problems you may have. If you are unhappy with your purchase, we will exchange or refund the item or issue a credit note, providing the goods are not damaged and all packaging is still intact.

Terms and conditions apply.

Please view our full Returns Policy for further information.

Click to view complete product details

Nominated for the Irish Book Awards' Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

* 'In this quirky, insightful adventure, Brian O'Connell finds the humanity behind the typeface.'- Ryan Tubridy

* 'A fantastic collection' - The Today Show with Sean O'Rourke, RTE Radio 1

* 'It's good to know that the classifieds continue to thrive, because, as O'Connell shows, that is where history with a lower-case h will always be found, one small ad at a time.' - Irish Times

* 'Charming and often moving ... The Personals is full of great stories - from sad to quirky to funny to, the odd time, baffling - as Brian tracks down the back-story to such unusual items-for-sale as a pair of monkeys, Leaving Cert notes, a cross-dressing dress-up service, German Army helmets from World War I and a bulletproof car, among more mundane objects. In other words, life in all its madness and glory.' - RTE Guide

* 'A charming and moving look at the world of personal ads.' - Martin Doyle, Irish Times

* 'A great read, full of moving, often funny, stories.' - Irish Examiner

* 'Warm, wry and insightful' Sunday Times Ireland edition

* 'Entertaining and poignant reading'- Echo

* 'An utterly lovely gift idea.' - Woman's Way


POP-IN HTML goes here


Your Basket

Your basket is currently empty