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The Real Mrs. Brown: The Authorised Biography of Brendan O'Carroll - Brian Beacom

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      06.07.2014 14:47
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      • "Feel good "
      • "Interesting story"
      • "Easy to read"


      • "None for me"

      A good insight into the man behind the Mrs Brown phenomenon...

      Being a big fan of the Mrs. Brown''s Boys TV show I had been wanting to read this book since I first seen it for sale. I felt the price was a little excessive though so I decided to wait until the price decreased. I recently had a mystery shopping assignment in Eason (the Irish version of WH Smith) and I bought this book, which cost me 5.99GBP. Brendan O''Carroll needs no introduction to most people. He has been on the comedy circuit in Ireland since the early 90''s and his big break came when BBC2 took a chance on his sitcom based on his Mrs. Brown''s Boys books and theatre shows. Brendan O''Carroll Brendan was born in 1955 in the Dublin suburb of Finglas. He grew up alongside 10 brothers and sisters. His father was a carpenter and his mother was involved in politics and spent a great deal of her time on the road fighting injustice. After his father died, Brendan felt that he needed to become the man of the house, and at the age of 12 left school and fell into various jobs. He married his teenage sweetheart Doreen in 1977 and although he always had a passion for comedy, having a young family he felt he couldn''t take the risk when times were tough. After working in various jobs throughout the years, Brendan finally gets a lucky break,and for a while, it seemed that everything Brendan touched turned to gold, but luck wasn''t always on Brendan''s side, and he finds out that life can throw a curveball when you''re just starting to feel comfortable. My thoughts This is a biography, and while sometimes I am slightly suspicious of celebrity biographies, this one seemed to have been written very closely with Brendan. There are a lot of quotes through the book, and while the first few times that parallels are drawn between the character of Mrs Brown and Brendan''s experiences are interesting, after a while this does get rather jarring. This book is a real rags to riches story and it seems that a positive mental attitude seems to have served Brendan well. The overall theme of this book is that of a feel good story with a happy ending. Brendan comes across as a very likeable man, although you could argue that as this is an authorized biography, it''s hardly biased. Would I recommend? It goes without saying that if you can''t stand the TV show you will hate this book, but for someone who really enjoys the TV show and wants to find out more about Brendan I found this book fascinating. This book was well written, and I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan even if you''re not much of a reader, as the book is well written, and doesn''t drag on anywhere. I don''t think this book is just for people who enjoy reading as a past time. It''s written in accessible language and it''s easy to dip in and out of if you don''t read much. There are also a lot of photos of Brendan growing up and of his various guises to illustrate the book. I would have preferred some more photos but all photos all tie in with what is described in the book.


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