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Born & Bred

(Life & Times Trilogy #1)

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Danny Boyle was a born angel.

At least that’s what his granny used to say, and she should know she raised him after his parents proved incapable. When she becomes ill, Danny is reunited with his parents but they do not get to live happily ever after, as the ghosts of the past haunt their days. And when the old woman dies, all of her secrets come to light and shatter
Paperback, 395 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Story Plant, The (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Born & Bred" is hands down one of the greatest reading experiences I've had in I don't know how long. I was captivated and beguiled and so much more from page one. I'm waiting with baited breath for the next book in this series to be published. That can''t happen soon enough for me. I knew I had found a new and one of a kind writer in Peter Murphy while reading his wonderful novel, "Lagan Love." I don't know how much higher Murphy can set the bar for himself after writing THIS extraordinary ...more
May 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Danny Boyle’s life is not an easy one. Or a happy one. The eternal victim, things just don’t go right for him. He always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. His grandmother, who has brought him up, believes in him, but after her death he is very much cast adrift and things go from bad to worse. And do you know what? I didn’t care. The book is too long and too convoluted, with far too many characters. There’s a supernatural element to the story too, which sits very uncomfortably ...more
Beth Cutwright
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Finally, I was able to place my hands on Book one in the Life and Times trilogy.
It baffles me that sometimes there are so many books to read and I can't get to the ones I really want to spend my time with. Who am I kidding....I want to read them all!

Last January I reviewed book 2 in this Irish series and I was left somewhat confused by the number of characters and their purposes in Danny Boyles story. Let me state right now that this author, Peter Murphy, is a fabulous storyteller.
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Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Set in Ireland. It dragged for me until the last 50 pages when I realized how this author wrapped it up.
Kathleen Kelly
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Danny Boyle seems to be doomed from birth, what with his mother, Jacinta, being in a hospital for mental issues and a father, Jerry, that is not around. His grandmother, Nora, thinks the sun rises and sets in Danny though, so he has a chance but when she becomes ill, he gets into the wrong crowd and becomes involved in a murder. He just seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, getting deeper and deeper in trouble. He meets Deirdre but gets into trouble again when they are found in a ...more
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
Danny Boyle would seem to be the unluckiest man on Earth. On his own as a child after his mother is hospitalised for mental illness and his father has taken off, Danny is raised by his grandmother, Nora. After her death, Danny falls in with the wrong people and before he knows what has happened he is involved in murder. Hapless Danny seems to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As he gets himself into more and more trouble he meets Deirdre. But even in relationships, Danny courts ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, first-reads
Born and Bred is the story of Danny Boyle growing up in Ireland. The family he was born into and how that affected where he ends up in the present. While we read the story of Danny, we also read the life of his grandmother, mother, father, uncle, and the girl he loves....or thinks he loves, considering he's young yet. While this is not a gripping story, or a page turner in the sense that you can't wait to see what's happening next, it's a lovely tale all the same. You can't help but root for ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't like the beginning of the book at all. It was too violent as well as illogical and I didn't like any of the character very much. I dreaded sitting down to read it, but I persevered and did kind of enjoy the ending. I didn't mind the way the book was written with the flashbacks in the middle of the action. It was an interesting way to tell the story, but it made it a bit hard to get into the story.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I want to thank the author and the publisher for this free book I won in the Goodreads First Reads contest. The book was wonderful, entrenched in the Irish ways, Catholicism, and the modernization and evolution of the Ireland of old, with a hint of the spiritual thrown in. I look forward to the next book of the Trilogy, "Wandering In Exile", about Danny Boyle and his life. I highly recommend this book.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I tried to like this book more - the description on made it sound so good. But for me it was hard to follow the back and forth with time and people dead and living. I'm not sure if I'll seek out the rest of the series.
Eduarda Sousa
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a real page turner for me. From the moment I started reading it I was captivated by the characters and their interwoven story lines. I am intrigued to learn more about Danny Boyle and where life is taking him. Can't wait for book two in this trilogy.
Sonya Edwards
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
The plot is a bit slow and overall predictable, and the actual timing of action is a bit blurry. That being said, the character development and storytelling are great. I enjoyed the way that everyone was woven together and the layers carefully peeled back.
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent book! 1970's, the troubles in Ireland, drugs, religion, politics... it has it all. The characters are alive, you are transported to Ireland with them, in that moment. I can't wait to read more by this author!
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Well, just okay. I can't recommend this, really. I didn't think I'd ever finish.
Soffia Mulberry
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read, loaded with interesting characters and I can't wait to find out what happens in the next installment.
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Life & Times Trilogy (3 books)
  • Wandering in Exile (Life & Times Trilogy #2)
  • All Roads (Life & Times Trilogy #3)