COVID-19 update: Victoria update. Click for details.
Contact Us Need help? Contact us
Explore Departments
Departments

Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes

Martha Long


  • Paperback
    $25.33
PUBLISHED: 15th May 2008
ISBN: 9781845963132
ANNOTATION:
Born a bastard to a teenage mother in the slums of 1950s Dublin, Martha has to be a fighter from the very start. As her mother moves from man to man, and more children follow, they live hand-to-mouth in squalid, freezing tenements, clothed in rags and forced to beg for food.
Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes
$25.33
Or pay later with
Leaves warehouse in 1 to 3 days
From United Kingdom
Delivery
Check your delivery time: Your delivery location:
{{ SelectedArea.Suburb }}{{ SelectedArea.Country == 'AU' ? (', ' + SelectedArea.State) : '' }} ({{ SelectedArea.Postcode }}) change
  • {{ Area.Suburb }}{{ Area.Country == 'AU' ? (', ' + Area.State) : '' }} {{ Area.Postcode }}
  • Your area not listed?
    Try search by suburb and postcode.
{{ DeliveryOption.expectation }} - {{ DeliveryOption.door_time }}
{{ DeliveryOption.price | currencyCentsFree }}
from {{ DeliveryOption.price | currencyCentsFree }}
Option unavailable
If ordered {{ DeliveryOption.cutoff }}
{{ DeliveryOption.name }}
{{ DeliveryOption.special_message }}
 
 
!
An error occurred getting delivery options
Sorry about that, please try again later.
OTHER FORMATS:
  • Paperback
    $25.33
PUBLISHED: 15th May 2008
ISBN: 9781845963132
ANNOTATION:
Born a bastard to a teenage mother in the slums of 1950s Dublin, Martha has to be a fighter from the very start. As her mother moves from man to man, and more children follow, they live hand-to-mouth in squalid, freezing tenements, clothed in rags and forced to beg for food.

Annotation

Born a bastard to a teenage mother in the slums of 1950s Dublin, Martha has to be a fighter from the very start.

As her mother moves from man to man, and more children follow, they live hand-to-mouth in squalid, freezing tenements, clothed in rags and forced to beg for food.

Publisher Description

Born a bastard to a teenage mother in the slums of 1950s Dublin, Martha has to be a fighter from the very start.As her mother moves from man to man, and more children follow, they live hand-to-mouth in squalid, freezing tenements, clothed in rags and forced to beg for food. But just when it seems things can't get any worse, her mother meets Jackser.Despite her trials, Martha is a child with an irrepressible spirit and a wit beyond her years. She tells the story of her early life without an ounce of self-pity and manages to recreate a lost era in which the shadow of the Catholic Church loomed large and if you didn't work, you didn't eat.Martha never stops believing she is worth more than the hand she has been dealt, and her remarkable voice will remain with you long after you've finished the last line.

Author Biography

Martha Long was born in Dublin in the early 1950s and still lives there today. She calls herself a 'middle-aged matron' and has successfully reared three children.

Review

"Stands head and shoulders above everything else in the category ... a remarkable personal and literary achievement for the author and an unforgettable experience for the reader" Irish Independent "[Long's] story is unique in its rawness and its honesty. Entirely self-educated, she narrates her own life in a way which is both riveting and moving" Greenock Telegraph "Without question the most harrowing tale I have ever read. Even Charles Dickens, whom we appreciate for being the voice of so many abused children, is left in the dust" -- Alice Walker, Author Of The Color Purple

Promotional

A heart-rending memoir of a deprived childhood in 1950s and '60s Dublin that will both horrify and inspire

Review Text

Stands head and shoulders above everything else in the category . . . a remarkable personal and literary achievement for the author and an unforgettable experience for the reader

Promotional "Headline"

A heart-rending memoir of a deprived childhood in 1950s and '60s Dublin that will both horrify and inspire

Product Details

Author
Martha Long
Pages
480
Year
2008
ISBN-10
184596313X
ISBN-13
9781845963132
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2008-05-15
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Language
English
Publisher
Transworld Publishers Ltd
Short Title
Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes
Subtitle
A Memoir of Dublin in the 1950s
Audience
General/Trade