Self. Conscious
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Self. Conscious

Humorous short stories about life's minor embarrassments

About the Book

Did you know:

1. Lettuce can ruin your love life

2. Opera is best experienced after farm work

3. Twenty six year old men know nothing about women

These are some of the priceless life lessons the author learned the hard way by going through life's minor embarrassments.  All the episodes recounted in the book resulted in tons of ego damage, especially the failed dates, but nobody died and everybody had a good laugh.  

So if you get a kick out of somebody making a bit of a fool of themselves, and explaining it in good-humored and excruiciating detail, you'll find something to giggle about in this book.  Like being sent to the swimming pool to swim in your underpants as a child. Having your hair fall off as you're talking to a beautiful Spanish woman.  That kind of thing.  Life.

About the Author

Mike Hogan
Mike Hogan

Born in Ireland in the seventies, moved to Dublin in the nineties and turned to writing as a way "to find myself".  Boy, was I lost :)  I found myself writing humorous stories about the silly things that happened to me in life, and shared them with friends.  They seemed to like reading them, and I liked writing them, but maybe they were just being nice to me.  Anyway, I started going to classes and taking it more seriously, mixing in some more literary stuff with the humorous "skits".

I've got ideas for a few books, but I'm also an IT head by profession and that's taking ninety percent of my focus.  But the writer instinct still bubbles under the surface.

Reader Testimonials


Have just read the first 3 chapters and was rolling on my sofa laughing and crying uncontrollably only for my 6 yr old to find me in that state. She is very perplexed. The Bookcase story is hilarious!!!


Really enjoyed that. Just what the doctor ordered.


I found this hilarious. Recommending to my friends!

Table of Contents

  • Post-Teenage Angst
  • Lettuce can ruin your Love Life
  • My Clock
  • The Bookcase
  • Moving
  • Driving in my shoes
  • Nicknames
  • My Sporting Prowess
  • Brain Surgery for Beginners
  • The Night of the Living Dead
  • The Twenty Six Year Old Male
  • The Man from Atlantis
  • Haircuts
  • While waiting for a train…
  • Happy New Year!
  • Snowboarding
  • Shopping and Seduction
  • The Pharmer of the Opera

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