Idea: Duffy’s life story is riveting and unique. The book’s wide scope—and the author’s vast, broad-ranging experiences—can cause the narrative to feel somewhat unfocused.
Prose: Duffy's prose is clean, readable, and often clever. An excess of summary as opposed to in- scene development, can sometimes result in moments of bland storytelling and repetition.
Originality: The author’s lived experiences are wholly unique, as is his perspective on pivotal global events and business management and operations.
Character/Execution: Duffy’s grit and determination shine through this work. His admirable professional experiences will serve to inspire budding entrepreneurs.
Date Submitted: January 17, 2021
Although this is the memoir of a serial entrepreneur, entrepreneurship only gets thoroughly explored about halfway through, and the delicate balance between personal narrative, historical exploration, and business how-to is never perfectly struck. However, Duffy is a natural storyteller with plenty of material, and the wide-ranging anecdotes peppered throughout are the most intriguing parts of the book: a case of mistaken identity in a Liverpool police station, a competitor engaging in scare tactics, and pro-bono stints as an on-call scuba diver.
Duffy’s account spans decades, jumping back and forth in time with occasional repetition and confusion, as he doesn’t always specify years. Readers may struggle to keep track of his personal life, but for the most part this in-depth look at starting a business in a challenging environment is a story of perseverance, cunning, and ingenuity. Filled with the day-to-day realities of entrepreneurship, and interspersed with historical events, personal failures, and bits of advice, Adventures stands as an exciting, fast-paced memoir.
Takeaway: This adventurous memoir of an Irish businessman is perfect for young entrepreneurs or history buffs.
Great for fans of: Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog, Richard Branson’s Losing My Virginity
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A-