Ever dreamt of cutting dead some annoying fecker in the pub with a razor-sharp witticism? Ever imagined bringing your boss down to size with a turn of phrase that cuts the ground from under him? And wouldn't you just love to open your door to a smugly grinning politician and wipe the smile off his face with a remark so pointed it stabs him through his empty heart?The good news is that all those Irish masters of the spoken and written word -- Wilde, Behan, Shaw and many more -- have done it for you. They've a stinging or witty quotation for virtually every occasion and they are all contained within. All you have to do is take the words out of the master's mouths
Colin Murphy is the author of The Most Famous Irish People You've Never Heard Of and co-author of the bestselling 'Feckin' collection (The O'Brien Press). His dbut historical novel Boycott (Brandon) was published in 2012 to great acclaim.