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The Real Mrs Brown : The Authorised Biography of Brendan O'Carroll - Brian Beacom

The Real Mrs Brown

The Authorised Biography of Brendan O'Carroll

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Published: 24th September 2013
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The authorised biography of Brendan O'Carroll, based on extensive interviews with the hugely popular star of Mrs Brown's Boys.

Brendan O'Carroll now performs to tens of thousands of people a night in packed-out stadiums across the country.

In the last four years he has become one of the most popular comedians in the UK and his show MRS BROWN'S BOYS reaches more viewers than Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife.

But this wasn't always the always case and for a long time it looked like Brendan would have to walk away from the comedy career he loved. Brendan was the youngest of eleven children, born to Maureen O'Carroll, a former nun who went on to become the first woman to be elected to the Irish parliament. Brendan adored his strong, brave mother and she would later become the inspiration for Brendan's indomitable Mrs Brown character. The family endured Angela's Ashes-style poverty and though food was scarce, the house was full of love. Brendan left school at 12 and soon after met his first girlfriend Doreen, who a few short years later surprised him by agreeing to marry him before Brendan had even considered asking her. By his early 20s Brendan had two kids and worked as a window cleaner, factory worker, printer's labourer and a farmer.

A few years later he opened a pub bang in the middle of two warring neighbourhoods in Dublin's Northside, which according to Brendan, 'was like having a pub between Beirut and Baghdad'. The pub eventually became enormously successful - largely due to Brendan's talent for entertaining the punters - but Brendan was left devastated when his business partner stole everything from the business and left him bankrupt. His mother Maureen died shortly afterwards. Desperate, Brendan went to see a fortune teller who told him she could see his future achieving worldwide success as a comedian and actor.

At first Brendan laughed at the notion, but then he thought of how much his customers in the pub loved his gags, and decided to give it a go...

This is the story of how a comic from Dublin surprised everyone - most of all himself - by becoming one of the most successful comedians in the world. It is a story of hardship, heartbreak, and talent and will remind readers afresh that sometimes the facts can be even more extraordinary than the fiction.

About the Author

Brian Beacom is Senior Features Writer for the Herald and Times Group in Glasgow.

He has written two celebrity biographies and is currently working on his third, and a book of (allegedly) hilarious theatre stories, that will 'shake the very core of Scottish theatre society', in a gentle, nudging, luvvy sort of way.

He lives in the Renfrewshire village of Kilmacolm with two cats, Effie and Simba, who were dumped upon him when his partner moved in.

His interest in hair recovery, he claims, is only bordering on the obsessive.

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      4.0

      Mrs Browns Boys book about Brendan O'Car

      By Linda

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      • Easy To Read
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      5.0

      Great read

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          Very interesting book thoroughly enjoyed reading how life was for Brendan O'Carroll and his family. I really liked his tenacity when he believed in something and he never gave up.

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          Mrs browns amazing life

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            An interesting read about the life of Brendan O'Carrol and the evolution of Mrs Brown.

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            5.0

            Really enjoyed it

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              ISBN: 9781444754537
              ISBN-10: 144475453X
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 384
              Published: 24th September 2013
              Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
              Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.1  x 2.6
              Weight (kg): 0.44