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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 16 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Digital
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 18 July 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005E0AMX6
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Me and Mine: A warm-hearted memoir of a London Irish Family Audio Download – Unabridged
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Anna May Mangan paints a spot-on portrait of her family that perfectly captures the period. Her family members come to life through her witty writing and she doesn't pull her punches at all - she talks of her father's love of gardening and his petty thieving from his employers with equal affection and devastating honesty. This is no saccharine tale - life was tough for Irish immigrants, some of whom were barely literate, and the female members of her family had a particularly hard time of it. Not only did most of them marry feckless wastrels, but one by one they succumbed to cancer and neither Anna May nor her sister have been spared this particular genetic inheritance.
But if it was a malignant fairy who cursed the Mangan women with this cruel disease, two good fairies countered the curse by bestowing on them the gifts of humour and courage. It is these qualities that shine through the book and which, as much as the excellence of the writing, make it a cracking good read.
It felt like Anna May was confiding in me on every page - I read some chapters twice, they were so poignant and yet witty too. 'Me and Mine' is nevert schmaltzy - she describes herself and her relatives and some of them are far from perfect, but somehow you love them all, warts and all. She is an amazing writer because she wrings your heart out time and again. Please make this book into a film as it's so, so fabulous and the words danced across the page -some sections made cry like a banshee and others howl with laughter - from page one, I was hooked.
She relates a world that is probably now lost of unlocked doors, money in the teapot, large families that would support each other even if they couldn't stand the sight of each other, casual but plentiful work and the magic of the dance hall.
Her skill is to make this real, not a caricature, and she achieves this through her acute observation, her warmth and her great command of form and structure, so we travel with these people who are, like all of us, extraordinary in their ordinariness.
Worth reading as a social document but more enjoyable as a great tale.
Thank you for making me laugh out loud, cry, giggle and just revel in your sublime talent. I read Me and Mine in two days and from time to time will dip back in to refresh my enjoyment. A fabulous achievement.Lets have more from you soonest!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very nice little story compulsive reading right through till the endPublished 2 months ago by danny
One of the best books I have read. Can't give enough praise.Published 2 months ago by miss mja bradley
I find this book so moving: it moved me to laughter, to tears and to admiration for Anna May Mangan's honesty... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Petch
This could be my life story!!! Just loved it-I always wanted to write about my family, probably as big as the authors, the dancing, the drinking, the children, the prejudice etc,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eileen Dick