Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?
THE IRISH TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER
AN POST BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR
‘Gorgeous’ Pandora Sykes
‘A rare and beautiful book’ Marian Keyes
‘Tender, sad and side-splittingly funny’ Annie MacManus
‘A delight’ Dara O Briain
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.
‘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
‘Not only hilarious, tender, absurd, delightful and charming, but written with such skill as to render it unforgettable’ Nina Stibbe
Such wonderful writing -- Nigella Lawson 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, bestselling author of Reasons to be Cheerful 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 Tender, sad and side-splittingly funny, this is the unforgettable story of how a boy with ten siblings and no mother grew into a man. It's a love letter to Northern Ireland and all the children, dogs, priests and struggling parents that live there. I adored it -- Annie MacManus Grotesquely funny -- Sophie Heawood, author of The Hungover Games 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 Beautiful and funny and beautiful because it's funny. It's also sad and life affirming and all about loss and border life and quietly heroic fatherhood and chaotically excessive siblinghood and priests and dogs. I loved it -- Patrick Freyne, author of Okay, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea I've been struggling to commit to a book for weeks but I've just read the first few pages of Did Ye Hear Mammy Died and I'M BACK BABY -- Emer McLysaght Did Ye Hear Mammy Died is so funny and wonderfully written, I love it -- Maeve Higgins
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