Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? (Hardback)Seamas O'Reilly (author)
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Seamas O’Reilly’s moving and very funny memoir about growing up in rural Derry in the 1990s as one of eleven siblings after their mother passed away examines grief with perfect blend of pathos and wit, paying tribute to the reticent but loving father who ushered them to adulthood.
Seamas O'Reilly's mother died when he was five, leaving him, his ten brothers and sisters and their beloved father in their sprawling bungalow in rural Derry. It was the 1990s; the Troubles were a background rumble (most of the time), and Seamas at that point was more preoccupied with dinosaurs, Star Wars and the actual location of heaven than the political climate.
Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? is a book about a family of argumentative, loud, musical, sarcastic, grief-stricken siblings, shepherded into adulthood by a man whose foibles and reticence were matched only by his love for his children and his determination that they would flourish. It is the moving, often amusing and completely unsentimental story of a boy growing up in a family bonded by love, loss and fairly relentless mockery.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 28 mm
'I cannot stress enough how much I love this funny, adorable memoir. Not only hilarious, tender, absurd, delightful and charming, but written with such skill as to render it unforgettable. I now can't wait to see the TV series and/or to become Seamas's best friend' - Nina Stibbe
'I laughed until I choked, I cried BUCKETS, I have NEVER been so charmed, I fell in GIANT LOVE with Daddy O'Reilly. Seriously, this is a rare and beautiful book' - Marian Keyes
'Did Ye Hear Mammy Died is a delight. Both moving and funny in huge measure' - Dara O Briain
'Melancholy and sweet and funny and sad all at once' - Jay Rayner
'An almost improbable true story of an Irish man bringing up eleven (yes, eleven) children on his own, after his wife dies. Seamas is the ninth of these "half-orphans" and he writes about his childhood and grief with such pathos and wit - even the chapter on his father's love of dogs is exquisite. A gorgeous memoir' - Pandora Sykes
'I enjoyed this immensely. I laughed a lot (often out loud). A heartfelt tribute to an alarmingly large family held together by a quietly heroic father' - Arthur Mathews, co-creator of Father Ted and Toast of London
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