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Ma, I've Got Meself Locked Up in the Mad House [Kindle Edition]

Martha Long
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Martha is now in her thirties. Her daughter has left home and she is lonely and vulnerable. The hard knocks have taken their toll on her health, and as she looks into the years still lying ahead of her, she shakes her head, feeling she hasn't the heart or the strength to go on.

As she teeters on the brink of a nervous breakdown, a phone call summons ghosts from the past. She discovers that one of the family is dead and the others need her help. Martha returns and when she comes face to face with the evil, psychotic Jackser, she can no longer suppress the nightmares of her childhood.

A suicide attempt sees her admitted to the 'mad house', where a hunger strike takes her even nearer to death. But finally she sees a chink of light at the end of the tunnel. Could love in an unexpected form pull her back from the brink?

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"Blunt, moving and laugh-out-loud funny" (Irish World)

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The fifth instalment of Martha Long's bestselling memoirs

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ma I've Got Meself Locked up in the Mad House 26 Sept. 2011
By Helen S
I have read all of Martha Long's books and I am an ardent fan. Each book always left me feeling emotional and I couldn't wait to read the next and find out how her life turns out. Although I enjoyed this book, I don't think it was as good as her others. It is centered around the hospital where she is sent after a suicide attempt. I felt the hospital story lines were dragged out a bit unbelievable. The end of the book re-sparked my interest in her personal life and had it continued like this I would have read on forever. It didn't however and
I was left waiting for the next book to come along to tell me what I have always wanted to know..."What does the future hold between Martha and Father Ralph?" Would rate 4/5 and would recommend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good.... 5 Oct. 2011
By MaisyP
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I was soooo looking forward to reading this after loving all the previous books by Martha Long. It started off well and fully captured my interest but I really felt that the middle section was dragged out and lost momentum. I hate saying this but it almost felt rather self aware and formulaic in the way it was written. I couldn't help feeling that the author had become aware of the style that had worked previously and consciously applied that here to meet a publishing dedline. That may be unfair but it all just felt as if it was written with less care and in more of a rush particularly in the middle! having said that the previous books were fantastic and I am sure there will be another to follow which I will still read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating but highly entertaining. 6 Oct. 2011
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I am going to be writing some spoilers so don't read if you haven't read the book! I started off the book confused, so I went back to the very first one and started them all from the beginning. Once I got to this one I realised she was writing backwards.

I thought that she had missed out a huge chunk of her life as she didn't want to share it but as the book progressed I realised she was looking back at events in her life; so in effect the book reads backwards! but I was still a bit ignorant of the father that she writes about, as she doesn't for some reason name him in this book but as I had read them back to back I realised she meant Ulick, and it also goes on to explain how they got married and how she got out of the convent for unmarried mothers.

But as I got further on the angrier and angrier I got, I had to stop reading as I thought if I see the words "the poor ma" once more I will throw this book through the window, the poor ma my left eye! I am not saying that any of Martha's story is untrue but I know a little bit about basic psychology and I know that it's very difficult to sever the bonds with a mother and usually the abused child will only cut complete ties with the mother is the most severest abuse cases, and I for one think that if half of Martha's story is true then this classes as severe abuse - that feckless excuse for a woman actually left Martha out to die. Most people wouldn't treat an animal in that way (when Martha had nowhere to go after the convent and before she collapses from pneumonia, she visits that woman, who then promptly asks her for money and throws her back out on the streets.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Becoming Doubtful ! 15 Sept. 2013
By Mavee
I have read a lot of reviews about these ma series books but is anyone like me becoming very doubtful as to how authentic these books are ?Martha mentions in the first book that her first born was a girl named Tina ? Now in this book she is calling the girl Sarah , now this is very very strange to me has got to be the same child as she has three and the others are also mentioned at the beginning of first book . I was feeling so sorry for Martha as she is deserted by this girl and it seems so unfair as the saying goes " What a life " I understand how she has ties to her ma but it is all very confusing now to me but the part where her brother dies and her actions are very believable also I know for fact that the illness her daughter caught hepatitis was rampant as my own son got it . I had to go to library for a diet book as doctor had no clue .......I do not particularly like the person she has become now but will read on as have already purchased the next in series and will of course want to read the last Jackster is dying ......ALL to be revealed please ??????
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3.0 out of 5 stars Would read this over and over... 27 Feb. 2012
Well this was entertaining for me personally and some bits from other books included to help end those stories to a degree and she always amazes me in them, her descriptive nature is amazing as for character ah if only more were like Martha, her compassion and forgiveness seem never ending .Sometimes I think the world is lucky to have authors such as her in it.I loved this and never want her story to end, but then again waiting for the next one is part of her way of writing I think.I feel also that what happened before the book published may of overshadowed the book quite a lot, and it might have changed her style just a bit, but nearer the end good old Martha comes back to life again and she is alive inside those pages. I will be buying the next one anyway and not to find out who she loves, just to have her part of my life again, in a way anyway.
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