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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: O'Brien Press (7 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862784891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862784898
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now author, actor/director/ script-writer, playwright, video star as well as stand-up comic, the Brendan O'Carroll story begins very modestly.

The youngest of eleven children, Brendan O'Carroll was born in Dublin's inner-city in 1955. His mother, Maureen was a Labour TD (MP) and a huge influence on his life. He left school at 12 and worked as a waiter, trying many other occupations in his spare time - disco manager, milkman, pirate radio disc-jockey, painter-decorator etc.

For a time he ran his own bar and cabaret lounge before being persuaded to try the comedy circuit. The gigs were small at first and even included his own version of Blind Date, but word soon got round about this original and outrageous funnyman and then there was standing-room only.

The real turning point in Brendan's career was his first appearance on The Late Late Show, Ireland's longest-running chat show, also shown weekly on Channel 4 in the UK. The studio audience and the viewers loved him. His first video Live at the Tivoli went straight to No 1, knocking U2 out of the top slot and pushing Garth Brooks to No 3. In 1994 he was voted Ireland's No 1 Variety Entertainer at the National Entertainment Awards.

He went on to make 4 top-selling videos, and a bestselling record, as well as touring in Ireland, the UK and the USA.

The radio show Mrs Browne's Boys, written by and starring Brendan, had a phenomenal daily audience on 2FM and led to the creation of Agnes Browne as the central character in Brendan's first novel, The Mammy, published in 1994. The book topped the bestseller charts in Ireland for months and the film rights were snapped up. The Mammy is now also available as a talking book.

The sequel to The Mammy, entitled The Chisellers, published in 1995, was also a long-running bestseller, and the final book in the trilogy, The Granny, (1996) went straight to No 1 in the Irish Bestseller list; the first print-run sold out immediately.

Meanwhile Brendan wrote a play, The Course, which had a five-month sell-out run in Dublin in 1995/96 and has toured in England (London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool) and Scotland as well as in Canada.

Brendan can be seen on the big screen in the film of Roddy Doyle's The Van, in which he plays alongside Colm Meaney of Star Trek and The Snapper fame. His performance has been described by the critics as 'spot-on'. He also hosts a quiz show on RTE - Hot Milk and Pepper.


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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on 27 Jan. 2003
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Mr. Brendan O'Carroll has created with, "The Mammy", "The Chisellers", and, "The Granny", a trilogy that is exceptionally well written, a joy to read, and an alternative Irish Tale. I differentiate this work from the more familiar read about an Irish Family, for while the life of this Family is far from perfect, it is not extreme in its portrayal of the darker sides of people, be they Irish, or in the case of this book, French or Jewish as well. Of the three books this could be noted as the one that brings events together too neatly, especially when a given outcome is positive. I believe this appraisal would be unfair, as the Author balances the experiences of his characters, and even if he had favored the positive, why would that be deserving of scorn?

This book does bring certain threads of the story to a conclusion. The Author could easily continue the stories of this Family, or a given member, but the trilogy; I believe should stand by itself.

Once again the third book takes place when additional time has passed. The Browne Children are children no longer, and with offspring of their own the cycle begins again with the newest of the Browne's. Agnes transitions from Mammy to Granny, as her children take their place as Mammies and Dads to children of there own. Some of the new Families are traditional, some less so, however as in the previous two books while ignorance and the ugly behavior it breeds is not hidden, and overall acceptance and tolerance are great virtues of this man's work.

The three works are as close to faultless storytelling as I have read, and I hope I can look forward to many more books by this Author.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Clowes on 13 Sept. 2011
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Have become fascinated with the work of Brendan O'Carroll and the ease of which I found his written works on Amazon was wonderful. From finding his book titles and recieving them has taken no time and I am now a big fan of Amazon.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2000
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I loved them all! I laughed out loud at every other page. Ripping good yarn!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2000
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having just read all three of the browne boys books in quick succession I can only marvel at the genius of mr o'carroll. Never have I been moved so much by a book. Please write more brendan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rubylady on 10 Oct. 2013
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It is now 4.30 am and after lighting a cigarette, making a brew and finding a tissue, I thought I'd leave a comment after finishing the best book I have read for some time. After watching the programme, I became curious about all the dragonflies Brendan has on set. Looking it up, I found out it was related to this book. I bought all three and have enjoyed the other two immensely. This one, however, takes on a different feel, I thought, showing how families can be torn apart by words and emotions. I felt as involved as the characters themselves and that is the sign of pure excellence in writing. I've eventually stopped sobbing. It's done one thing for me though, and that's not to be so flaming curious about things in t.v. programmes in future! Then I might be able to sleep! No, fantastic, all three books very much worth it. Well done Brendan. X
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By iris elizabeth Alkins on 1 Mar. 2013
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Having read the whole series was a pleasure to read and can't wait for the nexted one to come out
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By daisy-mae on 17 April 2012
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this book is the last in a series of three, and perhaps the best. It is not a comical book like an eposide of mrs. brown's boys so do not expect to be laughing all the way through.
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A fabulous set of books detailing Mrs B's struggle to bring up her kids in difficult times, following the demise of her less than ideal husband.
The Mammy is the early years following Redser's passing.
The Chisellers is more about the kids growing up & developing their own personalities & aspirations for adulthood.
The Granny is the kids growing into adults, & their trials & tribulations while trying to make their own way. Also Agnes finally finding some happiness of her own.
Being a book, & not constrained by the half hour script format of his usual writing, Brendan has room to spread out & tell a story. & he's a master at this, not just the quick one-liners & farce of the TV series. This also means that the jokes & humorous situations aren't as quick-fire, but sometimes that gives them more impact as they come at you more unexpectedly.
The third book is billed as a book of hope, so I really wasn't ready for the ending, & didn't see it coming at all.
This set will have you laughing so hard your dentures will fall out & crying real tears in equal measures.
Though you can read them separately, I'd highly recommend you buy all 3. You won't want to put them down 'til you're done.
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