Days of Wine and Wardrobes
by Felicity Graham
It is the early 1980s and the Daniels face bankruptcy. They can’t sell their house because of the recession and they need to get money from somewhere so they decide to have an auction to sell as many of their possessions as possible.
Overnight this pair of forty-something innocents find themselves tipped into the weird, wonderful and occasionally wicked world of auctioneering.
Their subsequent adventures, travelling the length and breadth of Northern Ireland collecting other people’s possessions to sell, learning about antiques and coping with the myriad characters who people the auction business, fill the pages with laughter, colour, quirkiness and, sometimes, downright chicanery.
Based on her own personal experiences, ‘Days of Wine and Wardrobes’, the debut novel from Felicity Graham, will make you smile and believe anything is possible if you want it badly enough.
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A bit of a vested interest here. When Felicity Graham and her husband ran their auction business my wife and I bought and sold several items there. When I heard that Felicity had written this book about their experiences I had to buy it. I could not put it down! To read about the background to auctioneering and the personalities involved was fascinating, and so well written. She perfectly matches the technicalities with the actual nitty-gritty, the ups and downs on the auction floor. The trips to collect items from potential sellers, sometimes hilarious, sometimes fraught, are so worth reading.
Days of Wine and Wardrobes is a very entertaining and funny book. It is full of extraordinary Irish characters with some amusing situations in a country auction house where the husband and wife team learn how to run the business as they build it up from nothing into a really popular social occasion.This is an easy read with short chapters Lots of fun or, as the Irish, say good "craic"
An amusing whimsical account about the trials and tribulations of setting up an auction business amongst the colourful characters and back drop of Northern Ireland. A thoroughly good read!