Why Michael is giggling through the gloom ...
AUTHOR and Herald columnist Michael Cullen is confident he won't experience a backlash similar to economist David McWilliams when his new book Ash, Sure What of It hits the shelves this week.
The marketing guru insists that his publication -- which takes a satirical look at some of our best known politicians, celebrities and public figures -- will not cause offense similar to McWilliams' Follow The Money last year.
Among the high profile Irish names who feature in Cullen's book are Brian Cowen, Enda Kenny, Pat Kenny, Ryan Tubridy, George Hook and Derek Davis. "The book is really trying to capture the zeitgeist of our troubled times and there are a lot of gags about bankers, politicians and celebrities from at home and abroad in it," he explained.
"I don't think anyone who features in it will take it too seriously, well I hope not anyway. I know there were issues over David McWilliams book but I would be very surprised if this caused trouble or upset.
"The idea is to cheer people up in light of all the doom and gloom we're experiencing in Ireland at the moment, not to cause any upset," he added."
Michael was speaking last night at the launch of his new publication at the National Concert Hall.
The book, which costs €6.99, is published by Gregmar Books and is illustrated by Aidan Dowling.