The Real Mrs. Brown

The Authorised Biography of Brendan O'Carroll

Author: Brian Beacom

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 1444754521

Category: Humor

Page: 384

View: 4522

Who'd have thought a potty-mouthed Dublin mammy with a cream cardigan and elasticated tan tights could storm British TV screens and leave a nation helpless with laughter? Brendan O'Carroll performs to tens of thousands of people a night in packed-out stadiums across the country. In the last four years his TV show has become a number 1 ratings success and he's even making a movie. But Brendan has had to battle hard for success. The youngest of eleven children, his mother was 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, widowed mother - and she later became the inspiration for his indomitable character Agnes Brown. However, the family endured poverty reminiscent of Angela's Ashes and Brendan saw no option but to leave school at 12 to work. He married young and for decades struggled to make ends meet. Eventually, bankrupt and 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 friends loved his gags, and decided to give it a go... This is the magical story of how a loveable Irishman with a wig and a wit as caustic as battery acid surprised everyone - most of all himself - by becoming one of the best-loved 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.

The Real Mrs. Brown

The Brendan O'Carroll Story

Author: Brian Beacom

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 9781444754537

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 295

View: 8200

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 Real Mrs. Brown

The Authorised Biography of Brendan O'Carroll

Author: Brian Beacom

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444754521

Category: Humor

Page: 384

View: 1254

Who'd have thought a potty-mouthed Dublin mammy with a cream cardigan and elasticated tan tights could storm British TV screens and leave a nation helpless with laughter? Brendan O'Carroll performs to tens of thousands of people a night in packed-out stadiums across the country. In the last four years his TV show has become a number 1 ratings success and he's even making a movie. But Brendan has had to battle hard for success. The youngest of eleven children, his mother was 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, widowed mother - and she later became the inspiration for his indomitable character Agnes Brown. However, the family endured poverty reminiscent of Angela's Ashes and Brendan saw no option but to leave school at 12 to work. He married young and for decades struggled to make ends meet. Eventually, bankrupt and 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 friends loved his gags, and decided to give it a go... This is the magical story of how a loveable Irishman with a wig and a wit as caustic as battery acid surprised everyone - most of all himself - by becoming one of the best-loved 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.

The Mammy

Author: Brendan O'Carroll

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101153385

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 5324

"Mammy" is what Irish children call their mothers and The Mammy is Agnes Browne—a widow struggling to raise seven children in a North Dublin neighborhood in the 1960s. Popular Irish comedian Brendan O'Carroll chronicles the comic misadventures of this large and lively family with raw humor and great affection. Forced to be mother, father, and referee to her battling clan, the ever-resourceful Agnes Browne occasionally finds a spare moment to trade gossip and quips with her best pal Marion Monks (alias "The Kaiser") and even finds herself pursued by the amorous Frenchman who runs the local pizza parlor. Like the novels of Roddy Doyle, The Mammy features pitch-perfect dialogue, lightning wit, and a host of colorful characters. Earthy and exuberant, the novel brilliantly captures the brash energy and cheerful irreverence of working-class Irish life. Now a major motion picture starring Anjelica Huston From the Trade Paperback edition.

Mrs Brown's Family Handbook

Author: Brendan O'Carroll

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1405913525

Category: Humor

Page: 288

View: 1417

Mrs Brown's Family Handbook, the first and only official book from Brendan O'Carroll's brilliant comic creation, is filled with useful advice and gives us a unique look into the lives of the Brown family. Millions of us have wondered how Agnes Brown does it. Keeping her end up while seven grown-up children tear about the fecking place like the eejits haven't got a home to go to. Packed with Mammy's tips for keeping a perfect family, or at least a family, as well as contributions from her children, neighbours and other hangers on, Mrs Brown's Family Handbook dispenses advice in her own inimical fecking style. You'll learn: • why every mammy's secret weapon is the tea towel • the dos and don't of cleaning up Granddad • what Dermot doesn't know about farting (not much) • what Winnie knows about seks (not enough) • all about the Five-Sausages-A-Day Diet (hint: contains sausages) • from Maria all about pain relief in child birth (if its free, take it) The perfect gift for anyone in a large family - it's one present and cheap - or with no family at all (seeing what they're missing might cheer the miserable feckers up), Mrs Brown's Family Handbook is also ideal for anyone sick and tired of giving out bloody DVDs for Christmas. Brendan O'Carroll is an Irish writer, producer, comedian, actor, director and author. He is best known for playing Agnes Brown in Mrs Brown's Boys, which won the best sitcom BAFTA in 2012. He has written four films and nine comedy shows, including The Course (1995), The Last Wedding (1999) and last year saw the release of his DVD for the live tour Good Mourning Mrs Brown. He has also published seven novels, including The Mammy, The Scrapper and The Young Wan - a number of which have been translated into 12 languages.

The Young Wan

An Agnes Browne Novel

Author: Brendan O'Carroll

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780452284845

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 6800

A prequel to the Agnes Brown trilogy follows Agnes Reddin's 1940s childhood, during which she and best friend Marion Delany survive nun schoolteachers, their first experiences with boys, early jobs, and introductions to the street market trade by a tough ex-con. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.

Mrs. Brown's A to Y of Everything

Author: Brendan O'Carroll

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1405915412

Category: Humor

Page: 400

View: 7901

Mrs. Brown's A to Y of Everything is Brendan O'Carroll's hilarious follow-up to the bestselling Mrs. Brown's Family Handbook. If there's one Mammy in the world who knows what's what, it's Mrs. Brown. Here, Agnes, star of the incredibly popular TV show Mrs. Brown's Boys, and the much anticipated Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie, follows up her bestselling Mrs. Brown's Family Handbook with an A to Y (who really needs 'Z's anyway?) of modern life. In it, Agnes explores everything from pandas to piles, from biscuits to The Big Bang and from handwriting to hairdryers. Peppered with her inimitable humour and full of hilarious photos, the A to Y of Everything is to your Christmas stocking what sausages are to a toad-in-the-hole.

The Chisellers

Author: Brendan O'Carroll

Publisher: Hardie Grant Books

ISBN: 1743581483

Category: Humor

Page: 192

View: 8512

The Chisellers is the second book in Brendan O’Carroll’s famous ‘Mrs Browne’ trilogy, the inspiration for the hugely successful TV series, Mrs Brown’s Boys. Agnes Browne and her seven ‘chisellers’ take on the world ... and win! It’s three years since Redser’s death and Agnes Browne soldiers on, being mother, father and referee to her fighting family of seven. Helped out financially by her eldest, and hormonally by the amorous Pierre, Agnes copes with family tragedy, success and the move from The Jarro to the ‘wilds of the country’ – suburban Finglas. vAnd when the family’s dreams are threatened by an unscrupulous gangster, he learns a costly lesson: don’t mess with the children of Agnes Browne. A heroic, comic saga brimming over with the raw humour of the Dublin streets. Praise for The Chisellers: ‘It’s a brilliant book’ Sunday Independent ‘The characters leap off the page ...’ Sunday World ‘Full of living and raw humour’ Leinster Express ‘Great crack’ Books Ireland ‘Language as rich as oxtail soup’ Irish World ‘... has everyone in stitches’ Evening Herald Brendan O’Carroll is an author, playwright, TV host, sitcom writer, award-winning entertainer and Ireland’s most outrageous comedian. The Chisellers is the second book in his famous ‘Mrs Browne’ trilogy, which also includes The Mammy and The Granny. The trilogy is the inspiration for Brendan’s hugely successful TV series, Mrs Brown’s Boys, in which he stars in the title role.

The Real Mrs. Brown

The Brendan O'Carroll Story

Author: Brian Beacom

Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781444754513

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 293

View: 1772

Who'd have thought a potty-mouthed Dublin mammy with a cream cardigan and elasticated tan tights could storm British TV screens and leave a nation helpless with laughter? Brendan O'Carroll performs to tens of thousands of people a night in packed-out stadiums across the country. In the last four years his TV show has become a number 1 ratings success and he's even making a movie. But Brendan has had to battle hard for success. The youngest of eleven children, his mother was 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, widowed mother - and she later became the inspiration for his indomitable character Agnes Brown. However, the family endured poverty reminiscent of Angela's Ashes and Brendan saw no option but to leave school at 12 to work. He married young and for decades struggled to make ends meet. Eventually, bankrupt and 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 friends loved his gags, and decided to give it a go... This is the magical story of how a loveable Irishman with a wig and a wit as caustic as battery acid surprised everyone - most of all himself - by becoming one of the best-loved 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.

The Man Who is Mrs Brown - The Biography of Brendan O'Carroll

Author: David O'Dornan

Publisher: John Blake Publishing

ISBN: 1782198156

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 3304

When Brendan O’Carroll, creator and star of Mrs Brown’s Boys, stood on stage to collect his first BAFTA for the phenomenally successful comedy series in 2012, it marked a new milestone in his incredible career. Finally, he was being acknowledged as a worldwide sensation in his role as the irrepressible ‘Mammy’ Agnes Brown. Over the last few years, Brendan has spread his wings to taste success as an author, a playwright, a comedian, an actor, a television star and more, picking up major awards along the way. But it hasn’t always been a bed of roses for the Dubliner, who started off life working as a waiter before evolving into the hardest working man in showbiz. Born in 1955 as the youngest of 11 children, he grew up in a two-bedroom corporation house in the rough-and-tumble working class area of Finglas in north Dublin. After his father Gerard died, when Brendan was just seven years old, his formidable mother Maureen – who influenced Brendan’s future career – raised him on his own. Life truly didn’t begin until 40 for Brendan, who left school aged just 12 and tried his hand at anything to earn a living, including jobs as a milkman, DJ, bar manager and painter and decorator. But after being persuaded to have a go on the comedy circuit it was the the beginning of a new dawn in Brendan’s life that would see him become the man with the Midas touch. In the years since, his work rate has become phenomenal as his earthy comedy has become a global hit, he found love again with his second wife and co-star Jennifer Gibney and he has become rich beyond his wildest dreams thanks to his foul-mouthed matriarch Mrs Brown. In this first ever biography of the star, David O’Dornan reveals the extraordinary rags to riches journey Brendan O’Carroll has made to become a comedy genius loved by millions of devoted fans. This is a must-read book for any fan and includes exclusive interviews with those nearest and dearest to the star.

James Gandolfini: The Real Life of the Man Who Made Tony Soprano

Author: Dan Bischoff

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250051320

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 1628

An award-winning art critic draws on interviews with family members, castmates and other insiders to trace the life and career of the late Sopranos star, providing coverage of his Rutgers education, complicated relationships and breakout roles.

This Is Gonna Hurt

The Life of a Mixed Martial Arts Champion

Author: Tito Ortiz,Marc Shapiro

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439149747

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 4006

A self-portrait of the UFC light-heavyweight champion discusses the street life that shaped his early years, his relationship with adult film star Jenna Jameson, and the colorful showman persona attributed to his character.

A Ghost at the Door

Author: Michael Dobbs

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471111547

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 3336

'Tell me about your father.' Five short, razor-edged words that rip the world of Harry Jones to pieces. He barely knew his father Johnnie and hated what little he did know, yet no man is able to escape the shadows of the past. Harry has already lost almost everything - his seat in parliament, his reputation, his fortune. There is little left apart from his love for the headstrong Jemma, and now he must risk losing her and even his own life to uncover the truth about his dead father. What starts as a gentle enquiry uncovers a trail of murder and guilt-ridden love that dates back to Johnnie's student days. Harry's search leads from a burning house in Bermuda to a graveyard in Greece, from the croquet lawns of his father's Oxford college to the altar of one of Wren's finest London churches. At every turn Harry discovers that the childhood world he thought he knew, was false, along with almost everyone in it. Only when he confronts his own death does he realize that all along he's been used as a pawn in a far larger game.

Sparrow's Trap

Author: Brendan O'Carroll

Publisher: O'Brien Press

ISBN: 9780862785383

Category: Fiction

Page: 204

View: 3187

Enter the rough world of the Dublin boxing scene and meet a new, larger-than-life character - Sparrow McCabe.

The Devil at Large

Erica Jong on Henry Miller

Author: Erica Jong

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480438901

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 607

View: 7867

Fearless, iconic poet, novelist, and feminist Erica Jong offers a fascinating in-depth appreciation of the controversial life and work of American literary giant Henry Miller Henry Miller (Tropic of Cancer) and Erica Jong (Fear of Flying) are true literary soul mates. Both authors have been, in equal measure, lauded for their creative genius and maligned for their frank treatment of human sexuality. So who better than Erica Jong to offer an expert appraisal and appreciation of Henry Miller, the man and his art? At once a critical study, a biography, a memoir of a remarkable friendship, and a celebration of the life and work of the author whom Erica Jong compares to Whitman, The Devil at Large explores the peaks and valleys of Miller’s storied writing career. It examines his tumultuous relationships—including his doomed marriage to June Mansfield and his lifelong tenuous bond with his mother—and confirms his standing as a creative genius. Jong, a renowned feminist, courageously answers critics who accuse her subject of degrading women in his fiction, suggesting instead that he sought to demystify them by means of the “violent verbal magic of his books.” With grace, wit, warmth, and intelligence, Jong brings readers close to the man and his writing. There has never been a more incisive and insightful analysis of this exceptional American master. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erica Jong including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

Untouchable

The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson

Author: Randall Sullivan

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802195652

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 704

View: 4957

"A dishy Michael Jackson biography that makes the exhaustively covered King of Pop fascinating all over again."—People “The first deep-dive narrative by a veteran journalist covering the King of Pop’s convoluted final years on earth . . . [Untouchable] helps cast Jackson in a new light.”—Los Angeles Times “A tale of family, fame, lost childhood, and startling accusations never heard before.”—ABC Nightline Untouchable portrays Michael Jackson’s life and death in unprecedented depth. Beginning with his last departure from Neverland, Sullivan captures Jackson's final years shuttling around the world, and plans to recapture his wealth and reputation with a comeback album and planned series of fifty mega-concerts. Sullivan delves deep into Jackson’s past, depicting a man both naive and deeply cunning, a devoted father whose parenting decisions created international outcry, a shrewd businessman whose failures nearly brought down a megacorporation, and an inveterate narcissist who desperately wanted a quiet, normal life. Sullivan has never-before-reported information about Jackson’s business dealings, the pedophilia allegations that besmirched his reputation, and the fate of his billion-dollar-plus estate, and exclusive access to inner-circle figures including Jackson’s former attorneys and managers. Untouchable is a remarkable portrait of the man who still reigns as King of Pop.

Off the Road

Author: Carolyn Cassady

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 1468305719

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 799

Off the Road tells the intimate story of the legendary Neal Cassady and his remarkable friendships with Jack Kerouac (who immortalized Cassady as Dean Moriarty in On the Road) and Allen Ginsberg. Written by the woman who loved them all--as wife of Cassady, lover of Kerouac, and friend of Ginsberg--this riveting and intimate memoir spans one of the most vital eras in twentieth-century literature and culture, including the explosive successes of Kerouac's On the Road and Ginsberg's Howl, the flowering of the Beat movement, and the social revolution of the 1960s. Carolyn Cassady reveals a side of Neal Cassady rarely seen-that of husband and father, a man who craved respectability, yet could not resist the thrills of a wilder and ultimately more destructive lifestyle.

Sick in the Head

Conversations About life and Comedy

Author: Judd Apatow

Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co

ISBN: 0715650769

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 512

View: 5357

Before being considered a hugely successful filmmaker in Hollywood, Judd Apatow was the original comedy nerd. At fifteen, he took a job washing dishes in a local comedy club—just so he could watch endless stand-up for free. At sixteen, he was hosting a show for his local high-school radio station in Long Island—a show that consisted of Q&As with his comedy heroes, from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld. Thirty years later, Apatow is still that same comedy nerd–and he’s still interviewing funny people about why they do what they do. Sick in the Head gathers Apatow’s most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging and incredibly candid collection. Here are the comedy legends who inspired and shaped him, the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood, and the brightest stars in comedy today, from Amy Schumer, Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld and Steve Martin to Chris Rock, Seth Rogen and Lena Dunham. Sick in the Head is Apatow’s gift to comedy nerds everywhere.

The Heart's Invisible Furies

A Novel

Author: John Boyne

Publisher: Hogarth

ISBN: 1524760803

Category: Fiction

Page: 592

View: 3408

Named Book of the Month Club's Book of the Year, 2017 Selected one of New York Times Readers’ Favorite Books of 2017 Winner of the 2018 Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland Cyril Avery is not a real Avery -- or at least, that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his many years, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more. In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

Some Writer!

The Story of E. B. White

Author: Melissa Sweet

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544998480

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 7999

A New York Times Bestseller A Washington Post Best Book of 2016 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 Caldecott Honor winner Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell the story of this American literary icon. Readers young and old will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute, a New York Times bestseller, includes an afterword by Martha White, his granddaughter.