“ Paperback: 176 pages / Publisher: O'Brien Press Ltd / Published: 21 Nov 2011 „
I am a huge fan of the television series "Ma Browns boys", so much so that i was lucky enough to go and see the live stage show recently (which was just as good!).
My darling daughter (bless her!) came back from one of her shopping trips with this book as a pressie for me, due to the front cover stating that it was actually the inspiration behing the series of ma Brown's boys.
The book in question is - "The mammy - Brendan O Carroll"
Set in the late 60's in Dublin, Agnes Brown is formidable woman by any accounts. Recently widowed and left to single handedly raise her brood of seven children, she takes everything in her stride.
Agnes and her best friend Marion run a fruit and vegetable stall by day, and comiserate each other about being wives and mothers by night, and show that female solidarity really does mean something to these couragous, inspiring and completely hysterically funny women!
This book was incredibly funny, the main character Agnes says what she is thinking without much censure going into it, which makes her a sharp tongued but very endearing character.
As with real life there is as much pain and sorrow as there is joy, with there being the recent death of her husband Redster, and other blows that are dealt to us as we travel through life, the book handles each subject with real humour, making the character feel very real to me.
There are some really poignant stories within the book, and some very funny one's too, with the best one involving Cliff Richards of all people, but even if you are not a fan of the television series i would recommend you give this book a try, recommended!
Price wise this is currently on offer at my local "The works" as part of a "buy 2 for £5.00" deal, with there being four other books available in the series, following Agnes throughout her life, with her ending up being the character that is now on our screens, who is also actually played by the author Brendan O Caroll.
Thanks for reading x