©1996 Roddy Doyle; (P)2007 Isis Publishing
"In feeling the pulse of a raw Dublin suburb, Doyle is recording a beat which can be recognised all over the world." (The Times)
"[Doyle] climbs into a woman's skin so brilliantly that you have to pinch yourself to remember this was written by a man." (Sunday Express)
I felt like I was literally hanging around with Paula. This book was the one that made me fall in love with Roddy Doyle as an author and Caroline Lennon as a narrator. The story and narration were absolutely bang on. I loved everything about this book. It was so "real". Thanks Roddy!
This book is nothing short of wonderful. Not only did I fall in love with the characters, but I also loved the way it was written. This coming of age story set in Ireland made me laugh out loud, gave me chills, and made me cry too. It also made Caroline Lennon my favourite narrator. My only complaint is that it ended. It was one of those books that I wished I could unread just to re-experience it again for the first time. I've since bought the actual book and have relistened to this novel numerous times. Definitely worth your time!!
This isn't a shock-horror sort of book, using gratuitous violence to stun the reader. Rather, it shows how domestic violence is almost a daily experience for some women. The most shocking aspect is the realisation that this is just an ordinary family. There's almost certainly a 'Paula' living in your street!
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