The Oh My God Delusion is Ross O'Carrolly Kelly at his finest - and the publc agrees. It was voted Ireland's favourite book in Eason's 125th birthday poll and won the 2010 Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction.
Ross thought the porty was going to last forever. He certainly didn't believe the current economic blahdy blah was going to affect people like him. But as he watched the shutters fall, one by one, on all his old haunts - Renards, Mint, Guess Meanswear - he was forced to question all the truths that he once held as sacred.
Sorcha's boutique was bleeding him dry, the Deportment of Social Welfare had stuck two yahoos in the penthouse next door, while Oisinn - his business empire in ruins - hadn't been seen since he porked his cor at Dublin Airport and took off for who knows where.
'Isn't it wonderful?' the old man went to Ross. 'Times like these, they bring out the best in people like us.'
But just when he thought the recession couldn't get any worse, an unexpected twist in the tale threatened to take away the most precious thing in the world to him.
'Ross at his best: razor sharp, magnificently plotted and an utter joy to read' Irish Mail on Sunday
'Ross's misadventures and on-the-nose observations never fail to provoke a laugh-out-loud reaction ... bursting at the seams with spot-on parody' Irish Times
'Will leave you with pains in your cheeks from laughing' RTÉ Guide
The Oh My God Delusion is the tenth novel in Paul Howard's 'Ross O'Carroll-Kelly' series. Ross books have sold half a million copies, are annually nominated for the Popular Fiction prize at the Irish Book Awards - where they have twice won the prize - and are also critically acclaimed as satirical masterpieces. Titles include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress, Should have Got off at Sydney Parade, This Champagne Mojito is the Last Thing I Own, Rhino What You Did Last Summer, NAMA Mia! and The Shelbourne Ultimatum.
Ross is back and the world is a better place for it
There's a smile per paragraph, a chuckle per page, and at least one deep belly laugh per chapter
Howard captures the insanity of celebrity culture perfectly and his pop cultural knowledge is thrilling
One of the great socio-comic characters of recent times