Hot Under the Collar is an account of true events; although, at times, it reads more like a script from Father Ted, The Vicar of Dibley or Rev. Indeed, some of the colourful characters involved might well have walked into the story straight off the sets of these much loved and hugely popular television series.The well known author Gervase Phinn described the many funny stories as “laugh-out-loud funny."
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However, they have a darker; for Hot Under the Collar is set against the hostile and dangerous background of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Readers of Hot Under the Collar have found that whilst some of it made them laugh,some of it made them cry and some of it bemused and bewildered them. There are tales of weddings, funerals, home visits and all the minutiae of church life; tales of bombs and bullets, and “bandits"; tales of many eccentric characters, warts and all, and the attempts of a naive and overly enthusiastic young English minister to get to grips with a life most definitely foreign to him and his family. Hot Under the Collar offers a rich insight into a unique experience.