Limerick author PJ braves the cold weather to sell his latest book

THE cold weather has not deterred Limerick author PJ Taylor from setting up a stall on the city's main thoroughfare to sell his latest memoir, 'Who's Sorry Now?'

THE cold weather has not deterred Limerick author PJ Taylor from setting up a stall on the city's main thoroughfare to sell his latest memoir, 'Who's Sorry Now?'

Standing outside Bank of Ireland, the writer is delighted to get the opportunity to meet the readers who bought his first book last year.

It took him six years to write 'Between the Three Bridges' about life growing up on Upper Carey's Road and six weeks to write the sequel.

"When you're selling books and talking with people who enjoyed the last one, you don't feel the cold," Mr Taylor said.

'Who's Sorry Now?' is another stroll down memory lane with Mr Taylor who regales readers of the four months he spent at John the Baptist School and working at the Five Star supermarket on O'Connell Street.

It begins and ends on May 31, 1969, on the day his mother died.

"Lots of people have been coming up to me looking for the next instalment since they enjoyed my first book so much."

One such fan is Michael Richard Gleeson who travelled from Hawaii to attend Mr Taylor's recent book launch. Mr Gleeson also grew up on Upper Carey's Road before his father emigrated to the United States.

"He sent me a letter saying he appreciated what I had written," Mr Taylor said. "He had told his children and grandchildren about the hardship of life growing up in Limerick and they didn't believe him. He said when he got my book he gave it to his family and said 'Read this and tell me if I was lying'. It verified all of his childhood memories."

Mr Taylor will be selling his book every day until Christmas Eve on O'Connell Street at the junction of Bedford Row and at the market on Saturdays.