Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes (Paperback)
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Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes (Paperback)

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Paperback 480 Pages / Published: 15/05/2008
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Born a bastard to a teenage mother in the slums of 1950s Dublin, Martha has to be a fighter from the very start. As her mother moves from man to man, and more children follow, they live hand-to-mouth in squalid, freezing tenements, clothed in rags and forced to beg for food. But just when it seems things can't get any worse, her mother meets Jackser. Despite her trials, Martha is a child with an irrepressible spirit and a wit beyond her years. She tells the story of her early life without an ounce of self-pity and manages to recreate a lost era in which the shadow of the Catholic Church loomed large and if you didn't work, you didn't eat. Martha never stops believing she is worth more than the hand she has been dealt, and her remarkable voice will remain with you long after you've finished the last line.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781845963132
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Stands head and shoulders above everything else in the category . . . a remarkable personal and literary achievement for the author and an unforgettable experience for the reader" * Irish Independent *
"[Long's] story is unique in its rawness and its honesty. Entirely self-educated, she narrates her own life in a way which is both riveting and moving" * Greenock Telegraph *
"Without question the most harrowing tale I have ever read. Even Charles Dickens, whom we appreciate for being the voice of so many abused children, is left in the dust" -- Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple

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“Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes”

most sad an horrific story i have ever once again i find tear in my eyes and sympathy in my heart .and the fact that the author who wrote it is the girl who went through it all makes it that much more eye opening and... More

Paperback edition
2nd March 2009
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“Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes”

THE MOST UPSETTING BOOK I HAVE EVER READ,WHAT A BRAVE LITTLE GIRL I WOULD HAVE JUST GIVEN UP.i NEARLY STOPPED READING THE BOOK AS I WAS SO UPSET, BUT MY HUSBAND POINTED OUT THAT SHE WAS MEANT TO SURVIVE AND TO WRITE... More

Paperback edition
15th July 2008
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“Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes”

OMG this was the most amazing book I've ever read! It made me cry so much :(Martha Long is a great writer and I admire her for her confidence. I can't believe what she went through but at least now we are... More

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3rd December 2008
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