The Life and Times of a 'Gotcha'
James Linnane

The Life and Times of a Gotcha by James Linnane.

The Life and Times of a Gotcha
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James Linnane

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About the Author

James Linnane was born in Galway but has lead a roving existence, taking him to various place and covering occupations that have included construction, the bar trade, security and retail in Ireland and the USA. He has been writing since his teens. He now resides in Ballivor, Co. Meath with his wife and two daughters.

James’s website can be found at James Linnane Bookchat Corner
Set in Dublin and spanning the decades of the eighties and the nineties, a 'Gotcha' refers to local slang for a security guard.

The so-called 'security' business is one of the worst run and most exploitative of all Irish industries. It pays employees badly and treats them worse, often attracting people unfit for normal work. Once in a blue moon it accidentally employs someone exceptional; someone able and willing to eloquently tell others what goes on beneath and behind those cop-like uniforms. James Linnane is one such exceptional man.

Described as a 'novel', it reads more like a thinly fictionalised memoir, based on actual events but "how much is true and how much actually happened? You wouldn't believe me if I told you."

Reading this book, you quickly understand why. The characters and escapades described here are lifted straight from the book of the surreal. It is Linnane's laid-back storytelling style however, that brings it all to life and makes you want to laugh out loud.

"Amid the boredom of a mind-numbing job, sometimes emerged a madness and events which you really could not invent; you just had to be there."


The Life and Times of a 'Gotcha' by James Linnane
Non-fiction, memoir. 131 pages.
First published in Ireland in 2011 by TAF Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-907522-38-3


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Reviews for this Book

As the title suggests this is an account of the life and times of a few good men and more than a few you'd be well advised to give a wide berth to. An often hilarious and sometimes blow by blow account of his years spent guarding the building sites and bar-rooms and car-parks and quarries and whatever you're having yourself. And sometimes they were having it themselves. A sub-set of characters who refused to be tied to the ordinary and paid for it in long hours and badly paid shifts. James Linnane captures both the tedium and boredom and the endless hours and you wonder on just what got left out. This would make great television. Move over Mrs Brown! - The Tara Poetry Blog

The so-called 'security' business is one of the worst run and most exploitative of all Irish industries. It pays employees badly and treats them worse, often attracting people unfit for normal work. Once in a blue moon it accidentally employes someone exceptional; someone able and willing to eloquently tell others what goes on beneath and behind those cop-like uniforms. James Linnane is one such exceptional man. - Kieran Furey, author and poet.

His humour, his wisdom, his ability to call a spade a spade in this confused world we live in is a breath of fresh air! He is an excellent author. - Out of the Bag Radio Show on Peoples Internet Radio. The podcast of a lively and entertaining interview with James Linnane on this show is available. Click here for part i and here for part ii.
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