Snow is falling all over Dublin. It is half an hour to the start of the New Year. On the rooftop of 44 Seville Place, a ten-year-old boy clings to the steel pole of a television aerial His father urges him to turn the aerial towards England. The boy reaches up and, in that moment, pictures from a foreign place beam into their home and changes their lives forever. Thus begins an astonishing portrait if a Dublin family as they chart their way through the turbulent water s of the 1960's. From the first page we are drawn into their lives and their relationships. We exult in their triumphs and we cry at their disasters, but at no time is laughter far from the surface. By the book's close, we are part of this extended family.