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Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes - Martha Long

Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes

Paperback Published: January 2008
ISBN: 9781845963132
Number Of Pages: 480

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I charged fer the door, an Jackser grabbed me by the hair an punched me in the face. 'I lay like a heap of rubbish on the ground, pumpin blood everywhere. I was chokin on it. I wanted te get back up te try an stop him from killin everyone, but I was winded, an the pain in me back an chest wouldn't let me breathe. Jesus! Jesus! Please don't let him kill us. Make him stop.'

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.

Industry Reviews

"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

Very moving book


A very moving book that makes you appreciate that even if you thought your childhood was not perfect, this is a book to make you appreciate what you did have. Being a mother myslef, the unimaginable neglect is horrendous to know that this happened to a young girl and happened in real life.



Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes

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ISBN: 9781845963132
ISBN-10: 184596313X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: January 2008
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.5  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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