A Celtic Childhood (Paperback)

By Bill Watkins

Mighty Media Press, 9780976520184, 297pp.

Publication Date: August 30, 2011



A Celtic Childhood vividly portrays Bill Watkins' eccentric Celtic family: his vibrant Irish mam whose "hand is on the tiller" as head of household; his principled but stout-loving Welsh dad; and his Grandda, who has "a generous supply of Celtic songs and tall stories." These tales from Watkins’ boyhood find him disrupting weddings while dressed as a gangster, illegally operating a ham radio, and getting kicked out of Ireland for "vagrancy." The lively anecdotes of A Celtic Childhood sing from the page with a keen sense of rhythm.

Praise For A Celtic Childhood

"A Celtic Childhood is a lovely memoir that reads as if you’re sitting at the feet of a grandfather full of stories! This book is full of charming vignettes and hilarious antics." Compass Book Ratings (formerly Squeaky Clean Reads)

Deserves to be read for its own brilliancelaugh-out-loud funnyWatkins’ tales make for pure reading pleasure.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

Will appeal to all people who enjoy music and myths and a wee bit of mischief.” San Antonio News Express

A memoir that will remind some of Angela’s Ashesexcept this one is laugh-out-loud funny.” St. Paul Pioneer Press

Watkins’ work stands out because of the quality of the writing and the underlying humor behind the facts.” Irish Voice

Guaranteed Good Read: As entertaining as Angela’s Ashes or your money back!” HarperCollins Australia