Review: Presenting…The Fabulous O’Learys by Caron Freeborn

The Fabulous O'LearysTitle: Presenting…The Fabulous O’Learys

Author: Caron Freeborn

Pages: 214 Pages

Publisher: Holland House Books

The Blurb

Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, see the freaks in their natural habitat.  Only cost you your bloody soul.

It is the 1980s: the theatre is crumbling, and show business is changing forever. When veteran actor Ken O’Leary retires, to the disgust of his eccentric, dependent family, they instinctively look to the mute and unendingly withdrawn Glen for salvation. Gentle, starving Delia and her ambitious actor boyfriend Eddie, sexy singer Raquel, circus aerial artist Lesley and a host of midgets, Tourette’s tics and managers squabble – bringing about family breaches, inappropriate sexual relationships, even death.  As the family fractures, their eccentricities raise the question of what it means to be outside of the norm; to be different.

This is a book about disability – and a book not about disability at all.

The Review

Well. There we go.

I’m not too sure what to say about Presenting…The Fabulous O’Learys. I don’t think I liked the story. I didn’t dislike it. I’m just sort of indifferent to it.

The story centres around a showbiz family. There are singers, actors and circus performers; there are also those who deal with being in a showbiz family without actually being in the business. Like all families there are secrets and lies. That is pretty much all I can say about it.

Some people will really like this story. Personally it didn’t do it for me.

Presenting…The Fabulous O’Learys by Caron Freeborn is available now.

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2 Stars

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