August 25, 2003​
Mr. John Keane
Hampton Books
93A Morehampton Road
Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Ireland
Thank you so much for the book recommendations you made to me when I was cycling through Dublin on my way round Ireland last month.  You suggested That They May Face the Rising Sun by John McGahern and The Butcher Boy by McCabe.  
After the macabre but page-turning Butcher Boy, I was rewarded to the treat of the fine narrative of McGahern’s book.  Next I bought and ventured into Cal by Bernard MacLaverty; another one you had recommended but did not have in stock.  I enjoyed MacLaverty’s writing most of the three-clear telling of a good story-and I felt I came away from Cal with a much better understanding of the complexities of the ‘troubles’ and the troubled young men who used them as a cover for beating their youthful warm drums.  So, next I bought MacLaverty’s Grace Notes, which I loved, and shoved under the nose of a pianist/teacher friend (now my lovely wife Marianne) once I arrived back home.  And then I picked up McGahern’s Amongst Women, another treat by him.
Thanks in no small part to your input, I had a great literary month cycling around Ireland.  And I learned much more about the place than I would have otherwise.  
Thanks for being there.

August 25, 2003​

Mr. John Keane
Hampton Books
93A Morehampton Road
Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Ireland

Thank you so much for the book recommendations you made to me when I was cycling through Dublin on my way round Ireland last month. You suggested That They May Face the Rising Sun by John McGahern and The Butcher Boy by McCabe.

After the macabre but page-turning Butcher Boy, I was rewarded to the treat of the fine narrative of McGahern’s book. Next I bought and ventured into Cal by Bernard MacLaverty; another one you had recommended but did not have in stock. I enjoyed MacLaverty’s writing most of the three-clear telling of a good story-and I felt I came away from Cal with a much better understanding of the complexities of the ‘troubles’ and the troubled young men who used them as a cover for beating their youthful warm drums. So, next I bought MacLaverty’s Grace Notes, which I loved, and shoved under the nose of a pianist/teacher friend (now my lovely wife Marianne) once I arrived back home. And then I picked up McGahern’s Amongst Women, another treat by him.

Thanks in no small part to your input, I had a great literary month cycling around Ireland. And I learned much more about the place than I would have otherwise.

Thanks for being there.