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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845965353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845965358
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 880,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dublin - in all its splendor and grit, poetry and profanity - is once again brought to life by Martha Long s irresistible voice. Her many trials and tribulations are no match for the fierce determination and wicked sense of humor she so deftly deploys. Brew up a strong pot of tea and get ready for a wild, often dark but always inspiring ride through 1960s Ireland." --Tom Deignan, Columnis, Irish Voice, and author of "Irish Americans"" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The third volume of memoirs from the bestselling author of Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes

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The third installment of this amazing womens life. This book deals with Martha's life outside of the convent. A very entertaining read following some highs and some real low points in her first year or so of freedom. We are left wanting more - the end of the book whilst good is almost infuriating. Put it this way, if Martha doesn't write another book, and soon, I may have to hire a private detective, find out where she lives, kidnap her and make her tell me the rest of this amazing story!
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I just love the way Martha tells her story, she is a brilliant writer, although it is very sad in parts, she has a great sense of humour that always shines through.
Life really is a bowel of cherries.

Please Martha if you read this, hurry up with your next book, cant wait to find out how she eventually gets herself of the streets, it has got to be one of the greatest sucess stories ever written, how anybody could pick themselves up from such a bad start in life is just unbelievable.

She is an inspiration to us all.

God Bless you Martha, you are my hero.
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this is yet another fantastic book by martha long, she is a natural story teller and i never get bored with the way that Martha writes, i wont spoil the book for those that havent read it but its a real cliff hanger to the point that your almost cross at the end!!

There has to be another book and anyone who has read the other two will love this one, for all the hardships she faces and conquers martha still manages to keep upbeat and make her story not a miserable one!! she really is a special lady and i pray the next book is out soon i want to know how she managed to overcome all the adversity in her life and become the success she is today
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This is the 3rd Martha Long book I have read. I've just bought the fourth and will buy the fifth as well.

It should be easier to work out the order of the books than it is though.
I've bought the Kindle editions and you cannot tell by the date which order the books should be read in.

By looking at the reviews and reading the blurbs I worked it out, but it would be easier for Amazon to number them.

I like Irish fiction and have read all the ones by my usual author.

I used to spend holidays in Dublin with my aunt and cousins. She actually worked in the Cafolla cafe which is mentioned a lot in these books. For all I know she is one of the waitresses in the books, although she ended up managing the place.
We used to go in for a knickerbocker glory when in Dublin.

I recognise the road names, but at least twice it seemed like Martha Long was writing the book with one eye on the Dublin street atlas. There was so much detail about where the girl was going.

There is a lot of long drawn out description in other parts of the book as well, along with some repetition.

Some parts are a bit implausible as well, e.g. how she only once ran across 2 of her brothers in Dublin. I was expecting her to accidentally meet her mother and Jackser any minute.

Despite this, I am enjoying reading the books, especially as it is so easy to order and read on a Kindle.
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Very unhappy with this book. Again waiting as most people to hear about Charlie etc. If that's what your looking for you wont find it in this book, unexceptable to drag this story out through 4 books. I don't blame Martha at all but her publishers should be ashamed. I'm really disappointed. Again. I won't buy the next one
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Quality of the book was excellent and the price two thirds cheaper than the shops..... delivered in great condition. I never thought you would get so much for so little!! I have already told all my friends.
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Martha Long's Ma He sold me for a pack of cigarettes was simply amazing. I've tried to read the other books in the series but to be honest they're not as good. Her story is great but the real characters were the mother and as we don't hear much about them the stories are beginning to wane. I'll still read the rest of them though.
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Martha Long has written three books about her life growing up in Inner city Dublin and this is the third one in her retelling of her life story of hardship.I found the first book quiet sad and harrowing at times as she writes about herself as a young child growing up with severe physical abuse at the hands of her stepfather ,the second one concerns her early teenage years with the nuns as part of a punishment for stealing.This one details her young adult working life and further hardships.I think in order to understand her character and this book you would need to start with the first book,Ma,he sold me for a few cigarettes.I am a Dubliner and I have to say I found it hard to read the Inner city Dublin lingo of Martha at first,so am not sure how anyone not familiar with the lingo will fare.I think this book is padded with lots of remembered arguments and I found myself losing interest in the story.I would recommend the first two books but not this one. .
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