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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 16 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!!!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny and sad at times . Really worth reading I found it hard to put down . Love how a poor family from Ireland made a good life for themselves in LondonPublished 22 days ago by luv books
Kept reading and thinking it had to get more joy into their lives
It was like they were all affected by a rogue gene that missed nobody.
purchased for my partner this is her review. could'nt put this book down. Absolutely loved every page. A true story of hardship within a large irish family. Lovingly told. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mark dixon
My parents came to London from Ireland in 1950. I had no idea life was so hard for immigrants. But this book brings to life the trials and tribulations suffered and how they... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aine