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  • Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettesby Martha Long

    Seven Stories Press 2012; US$ 26.95

    "Not for the faint of heart, Long's story is a gritty, grueling, and heartbreaking testament to one girl's unbreakable spirit."? Publishers Weekly,  starred review When Martha Long's feckless mother hooks up with the Jackser ("that bandy aul bastard"), and starts having more babies, the abuse and poverty in the house grow more acute. Martha is regularly... more...

  • Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettesby Martha Long

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 11.53

    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... more...

  • Ma, Now I'm Goin Up in the Worldby Martha Long

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 11.53

    At 16, Martha collapses on the streets, suffering from starvation and exposure. She has reached rock bottom, but after Martha is taken to hospital, Lady Luck smiles kindly on her and she is given the opportunity to get off the streets for ever. Before long, Martha is on the way to leading the normal life she has so long dreamt of. She... more...

  • Ma, It's a Cold Aul Night an I'm Lookin for a Bedby Martha Long

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 11.53

    In this latest instalment of Martha Long's real-life account of abuse, deprivation and cruelty at the hands of her mother's partner and the establishment, Martha is now 16 and her time at the convent school is up. In Ma, It's a Cold Aul Night an I'm Lookin for a Bed , she leads us through her first months of freedom. With no home to go... more...

  • Ma, I'm Gettin Meself a New Mammyby Martha Long

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 11.53

    Aged thirteen, Martha is rescued by the courts from the clutches of her evil stepfather, Jackser, and her feckless mother, Sally. After numerous arrests for shoplifting, a judge rules that she is to be sent to a convent school with the instruction that she is to get an education. Her initial relief at escaping the abuse and neglect she... more...

  • Run, Lily, Runby Martha Long

    Transworld 2014; US$ 18.75

    Lilly and Ceily Carney are only seven and twelve when their mother is cruelly taken from them, leaving them at the mercy of the Church and the authorities. This is a terrifying prospect in 1950s Dublin, where it is likely that the girls will end up in one of Ireland's notorious Magdalen laundries - a fate they are determined to escape.... more...

  • Ma, I'm Gettin Meself a New Mammyby Martha Long

    Seven Stories Press 2014; US$ 23.95

    After numerous arrests for shoplifting, Martha is sent to the convent where, the judge rules, she is to get an education. Martha is relieved to be out of the clutches of her horrible drunken stepfather, Jackser, and her feckless mother, Sally, but anxious about what awaits. Her days in the convent are steady, predictable, safe--everything that her... more...

  • Ma, I've Got Meself Locked Up in the Mad Houseby Martha Long

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 17.31

    Martha is now in her thirties. Her daughter has left home and she is lonely and vulnerable. The hard knocks have taken their toll on her health, and as she looks into the years still lying ahead of her, she shakes her head, feeling she hasn't the heart or the strength to go on. As she teeters on the brink of a nervous breakdown, a phone... more...

  • Ma, I've Reached for the Moon an I'm Hittin the Starsby Martha Long

    Mainstream Publishing 2012; US$ 11.53

    After a failed suicide attempt and recovery in the mad house, Martha is heading for France to be reunited with the one true love of her life. Father Ralph Fitzgerald rescued her from the streets when she was sixteen and was the first person to show Martha true love and affection. But their relationship threatened his vocation and he eventually... more...

  • Ma, Jackser's Dyin Aloneby Martha Long

    Mainstream Publishing 2013; US$ 11.53

    On hearing that Jackser, her childhood abuser, is seriously ill, Martha is elated, thinking that finally she will be able to watch him suffer. But in the hospital she sees a frightened, lonely old man and realises with a shock that he seems to regret his earlier actions. During her vigil, she is joined by Charlie, her beloved little brother,... more...