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The Scrapper [Paperback]

Brendan O'Carroll
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Book Description

16 Oct 1997
From the rowdy backstreets of Dublin, full of earthy homour and spirit, emerges a young boxing hopeful - Sparrow McCabe. Sparrow's dream is the World Lightweight Championship. But when he finally has it in his grasp he can't deliver the finishing punch. Sparrow's life falls apart, and fifteen years later he's a bum, a loser. Then something happens that convinces him that there are still things worth fighting for ...

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: O'Brien Press; Published previously as The Sparrow's Trap edition (16 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862785383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862785383
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'something of a classic tale in the modern mode'

(Books Ireland)

... another fine piece of work by one of this country’s finest entertainers ...the story is great ... you’ll enjoy this read

(Evening Echo)

the tone is always very realistic with his usual flair for natural dialogue…with plenty of tension, some classic O’Carroll humour and a variety of well described characters this is a simply written, entertaining story

(Northern Standard)

Following hot on the heels of Brendan’s trilogy of novels…this is sure to have its devotees. There seems to be no stopping Brendan O’Carroll

(Modern Woman)

I could not put it down, I was totally engrossed…this was a magnificent read and establishes O’Carroll as a writer who understands his subject and writes with a feeling and depth that you would not expect from a comedian. Give it a read

(Big Issue)

Admirers of the moustached comedian’s previous books…will need little prompting to buy the new one. O’Carroll’s ear for the conversation of suburban working-class Dublin is as sharp as ever, and he moves the story along at a smart pace

(Sunday Tribune)

A great story and ample evidence of Brendan O’Carroll’s skill as an entertainer and raconteur

(The Examiner)

A simple but pacey cops and robbers story with a fair sprinkling of the kind of humorous flourishes one would expect from O’Carroll….an enjoyable read

(Tuam Herald)

Fans of Brendan O’Carroll will welcome this latest excursion into his territory of Dublin’s back streets…after many hilarious adventures Sparrow emerges a wiser and better man.

(Leinster Leader)

When are we going to be able to buy shares in this man?

(Evening Herald)


About the Author

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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparrow's Trap, Brendan O'Carroll 9 May 2011
By Rainey
Being an avid fan of Mr O'Carroll's work, I bought this book knowing that it wasn't part of the Agnes Brown world.

I wasn't disappointed either. Brendan's wit and humour are in abundance in this novel, despite it having a fairly serious plot line.

The story itself winds it way through the life of Sparrow McCabe, an Irish boxer who finds himself unable to lift the European crown and ends up working for a local gangster.

I found that I was reading the final couple of chapters with my map of Dublin to hand - having visited Dublin many times, I was interested to trace the route that Sparrow takes - I will walk that route next time I am there!

For anyone who hasn't read the Agnes Brown stories, read this and you will get a feel for Brendan O'Carroll's style, full of humour, wit, imagination and passion.

Throroughly recommended read.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the mammy 5 Nov 2004
for all of those children of irish parents this is the series of books for you, hearing tales from my parents of life in ireland has always held dear memories for me, I started to read these books and once started could not put down I have laughed till my stomach hurt and cried whilst still laughing to say these are a must have books is an understatement you will live your life with Agnes Brown share her ups and downs and all the rest of her life discoveries I could not put them down and went straight on to read the rest of the trilogy happy reading is an understatement
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy 17 Dec 2012
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Just good subject matter from an imaginative source of life experiences in the early fifties when life in the British isles was hard for all working classes, and comedy especially slapstick type and realism comedy relating to everyday activities was welcome relief to the masses.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars knockout of a book 19 Sep 2011
read all of brendan o,carrolls books, all brilliant, and this one is i think the best. i must find out if there are any that i have missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irelands gr8est 13 July 2012
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This book is totally different to the Mrs Browne genre. Brendan has done it again he is a brilliant writer. He doesn't just do comedy but does intrigue and action also. This is one that you should definately read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Scrapper 3 Sep 2011
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This is another entertaining story form Brendan O'Carroll. Not as hilarious as the Agnes Browne novels but well worth reading. And it is not without some laughs and excellent humour.
What I fail to understand however, is the two different titles. Is it "The Scrapper" or is it "The Sparrows Trap"?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware 5 Mar 2013
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This is simply Sparrows Trap re-released with a new cover and a different name. It is great if you have not read Sparrows Trap but a waste of money if you have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the scrapper 30 Mar 2013
By Mavee
Well when i started to read was initially disapointed as so unlike the mammy trilogy but once into the story couldn't stop reading until i finished it . Something different and very much enjoyed .
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