Eason Exclusive: OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea by Patrick Freyne

Today marks the publication date of the eagerly awaited new collection of essays from the Irish Times columnist Patrick Freyne. Here, in an exclusive piece for easons.com, Patrick shares an introduction to his acclaimed debut, ‘OK, Let’s Do Your Stupid Idea’.

When I was three years old, I kicked a dog named Squeaky (by all accounts, Squeaky was a bad dog, but I can’t remember if this was my motivation). When I was seven, I broke my arm on the day of my brother’s birth  (to this day, he feels this was a bit much). When I was twelve, my army man father took me on a father-son camping trip that turned out to be a paramilitary sting operation because my father is basically Bruce Willis. When I was nineteen, I jumped out of a plane for no good reason but at least I did it with more dignity than the guy before me, who clung screaming from the wing for a while. When I was twenty, I ran involuntarily naked through the streets during a squalid summer of mild substance abuse in Bremen. When I was in my twenties, I avoided getting a proper job and went on the road with a band. When I was in my thirties, I got a job that involved walking up to the most interesting strangers I could find to ask them nosy questions. When I was in my forties, I wrote a book called OK, Let’s Do Your Stupid Idea. This is possibly (time will tell) just the most recent stupid idea from a lifetime of the stupid ideas that I investigate in that same book. I had set out to write a funny book – and I hope it does make you laugh - but as I wrote I also found myself thinking deeply about things that worried and interested me, because writing is a type of thinking. I wrote about mental health, family, care work, not having kids, singing, driving and bereavement. I feel that writing this book has made me feel marginally less confused and I hope that reading it gives you the same feeling.  


Patrick’s book ‘OK, let's do your stupid idea’ is published now, and is available to buy here: