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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland (6 May 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0340993480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340993484
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A racy real-life story, an overdose of reality, as well as a cracking good read. (Irish Independent)

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In this funny, moving and typically outspoken memoir, Ireland's best-loved jazz singer pulls no punches.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 7 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
Mary Coughlan sings beautiful sad songs with a real passion and this autobiography explains where much of this heart felt pain came from. This lady was dealt a very unfair dose of woe. The book is a great read. I read it in a couple of days whilst listening to the songs - really good to listen to the lyrics when I'd just read the background to the song. This singer has had a bad deal from life, and the music industry in particular, so buy this book, buy her music and if you get the chance go see her perform. The story ends in 2009 on a much happier note and long may it stay that way.
I really enjoyed this book even though it made me cry...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashcanactor51 on 15 Feb. 2011
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Usually one is encouraged to judge the Art and not the Artist, but in some cases the life experience of a performer is inextricably bound up with the art they have produced. Such is true of Mary Coughlan, the Irish singer-songwriter. In her autobiography "Bloody Mary" she certainly does not spare herself or the reader from graphic details of her abusive childhood, rise to fame and the attendant addictions to alcohol and drugs. The fact that she has survived and been able to repair much of the damage to herself and her children is a testament to her strength of character.
Unlike many "celebrity" autobiographies Mary Coughlan does not appear to have used the services of a ghost-writer. The advantage of this is that we hear her own voice distinctively. The disadvantage is that her prose style is rather pedestrian and "clunky" in many places and the book would have benefited from more judicious editing.
Nevertheless, for admirers of Coughlan's music, the book will provide an enlightening and entertaining journey through her dramatic life and times.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Elliston on 7 Nov. 2010
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I was impelled to buy this book after I heard Mary speak about her life on BBC Radio 4. Much of the 80s passed me by in terms of popular culture, not sure why, but it did, and so I wasn't familiar with Mary or her work. How I wish I'd paid more attention at the time! But this book brings her vivid life experiences right off the page and into your heart - it's very personal, very informal, very blunt at times. The deeper into the book I got, the harder it was to put down, not because it's a literary masterpiece - but it's honest and heartfelt and at times, heartbreaking. I feel like I know Mary Coughlan. It's a brave book that dares bare a soul. Mary is one courageous woman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Connelly on 7 Nov. 2010
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I thought it was a good read.(did she have a ghost writer?) I used to listen to her songs and lived in Galway for some time,and I"m a bit younger than her, but relate to a lot of the madness in the early days and the need to escape.
if you like her music and have any interest in Irish History at all you will enjoy it. It's not a serious history book , don't get me wrong, I mean it just puts into perspectvie where she was coming from and how she became a singer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Bruce on 28 Jan. 2011
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Loved Mary's singing for years and this book explains where the emotion and passion comes from. A harrowing but honest and uplifting book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anna on 31 Dec. 2012
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I found this book disappointing. She comes across as a woman who is addicted to whining. While she had some tough times in her life, she also had the good luck to be a great singer. It would have been good to have leant more about the good times too. I also found the writing style not great. It is not a book I am proud to have bought. Maybe she needed some cash quick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dodo VINE VOICE on 13 July 2011
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Once I started reading I couldn't leave the book down. It's hard to believe some of this stuff is true but I am about the same age as Mary and I remember what it was like growing up in a repressed society in Ireland during the past five decades. Very sad, explicit, funny and bawdy. Great read!
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