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In the hope of forging a lasting bond with his new grandchild, Joseph Soap begins to document his life and lessons learned along the way in a autobiography, which he hopes will one day form a detailed entry on his family tree. Joseph shares advice based on experience garnered from the milestones in his life, and from each bump in the road he manages to produce practical guidance on a whole host of subjects, including the importance of standing up to bullies, the benefits of an appeasing white lie and the belief in one's own self-worth. From the sadness of loss and family emigration, to the annoyance of selfie sticks and celebrity culture, Joseph somehow retains a calm and humorous head above water, as he reminisces about his past and laughter long since bellowed into the sky. The decades unfold as Joseph recounts an ever-changing life amid an ever-changing world. As a S.O.A.P. - or Senior Old Age Pensioner as he refers to himself in an attempt to rebel against a seemingly ageist and shallow society - Joseph takes us on a journey of his lifetime, proving that even everyday people live lives worth documenting for future generations to come.
Thomas Martin (b. 1980) is a native of Dundalk, Co. Louth, in the Republic of Ireland. While on a United Nations peacekeeping tour of duty in the Middle East as a member of the Irish Defence Forces, he opted to use his free time in what proved to be the most enjoyable and gratifying of ways. Hidden from prying eyes beneath a patched-up mosquito net and armed only with his trusted laptop, he set about freeing The Life and Times of Mr. Joseph Soap from his imagination. As an avid reader of autobiographies by distinguished public figures, Thomas had the idea of the 'everyday person in the street' joining the ranks of the great and the good on the nation's bookshelves, by penning his or her own life's story. Rather than relying upon epic encounters or scandalous tales often found in 'celebrity autobiographies', he wanted to write a book that proved that each one of us has a worthwhile story to tell, and free from the blinding showbiz spotlight, we all still live lives which are worth documenting for future generations to come. In addition to reading, Thomas's interests include current affairs and travel. He married Si n in 2011 and describes himself as being very happily married. The Life and Times of Mr. Joseph Soap is his first novel. Find out more at www.thomasmartin.ie Or, follow him on social media at: Facebook.com/thomasmartinauthor and Twitter.com/thomasmartinaut