'something of a classic tale in the modern mode'
... another fine piece of work by one of this country’s finest entertainers ...the story is great ... you’ll enjoy this read
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
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
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
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
A great story and ample evidence of Brendan O’Carroll’s skill as an entertainer and raconteur
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
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.
When are we going to be able to buy shares in this man?
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.