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The Scrapper Paperback – 16 Oct 1997

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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 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 209 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

'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)


A novel set in the rough world of the Dublin boxing scene and featuring the larger-than-life Sparrow McCabe.

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