'LIFE IN THE FUNNY LANE' is a fictional account of life in Dublin in the 1950s and 1960s, as seen through the eyes of a young boy, Paul. While the story is told humorously, the reader quickly begins to realise that the essential thread is the relationship that Paul has with his rather eccentric father. As a young boy, Paul idolises his father and is completely oblivious to his faults. When Paul becomes a teenager, he begins to tice that perhaps his father is t as perfect as he had once imagined, but he continues to respect him too much to confront him or even criticise him. We learn how Paul's father moulded him to become the person he is today. The main characters are, almost without exception, eccentric in some way or ather. One of the most delightful aspects of this story is that we get to kw each of them so well that we imagine that we kw them personally. Although the story is fictional, the author has drawn on his own personal experiences to bring the characters and situations to life. Despite the humorous content, the writer's style is literary in parts. The reader is regularly jolted by the author's unexpected change of tone - even within a single sentence. He uses wordplay, inverts cliches, and changes 'old sayings' to give us a most unexpected turn of phrase on occasion. This is a unique story told in an original way, with wonderful, eccentric, loveable characters. There have been many books written about this period in Ireland, but this story is different: it is told in such a way that even the sad parts will make you smile, and the funny parts will make you laugh out loud. d.