Don'T Wake Me At Doyles

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Maura Murphy's memoir of life in Ireland and beyond resonates with the people, places, and struggles of an almost forgotten generation. Born "chronically ugly and cross as a briar" into a poor, rural homestead in 1920s Ireland, Maura faced adversity from birth. She grew up in the bogs of the Irish countryside and left school at fourteen for Dublin, working in service there until her marriage to a hard-working but hard-drinking womanizer. Poverty stricken and hoping to find a better life for her five young ...

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Don't Wake Me at Doyles: A Memoir

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Overview

Maura Murphy's memoir of life in Ireland and beyond resonates with the people, places, and struggles of an almost forgotten generation. Born "chronically ugly and cross as a briar" into a poor, rural homestead in 1920s Ireland, Maura faced adversity from birth. She grew up in the bogs of the Irish countryside and left school at fourteen for Dublin, working in service there until her marriage to a hard-working but hard-drinking womanizer. Poverty stricken and hoping to find a better life for her five young children, she left Ireland with her family for 1950s Birmingham, England.

But life doesn't always change when places do, and Maura's fear that she'd be "waked" at Doyles bar upon her death is funny but dead serious. Her voice is feisty and fearless, and she needed to be all those things to survive an extraordinary series of privations and abuses. And now, seventy-six and having survived her childhood, recovered from cancer, and left her marriage of fifty years, Maura has finally recorded the story of her life.

A fearlessly honest writer, Maura invites us into her world, through her destructive marriage, and the birth of her nine children, and toward a life-or-death choice that would change her forever. Told with biting wit, Don't Wake Me at Doyles is a personal story of one woman's endurance, and the remarkable memoir of an ordinary woman's extraordinary life.

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"Best Memoir" written by and about the Irish, 2005—-The Buffalo News

"Murphy's skillful storytelling and optimistic spirit give even the grimmest moments of her difficult life story levity in this hopeful, spunky sister to Angela's Ashes."—Publishers Weekly

"One of the most gripping memoirs I have ever read. The dialogue is authentic and the pace is fast and engaging. Irish family members have been done to death, but I'll make an exception for this one."—Irish Voice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312337926
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Maura Murphy was born in Clongmore, Country Offaly, in 1928. She left Ballybryan National School when she was fourteen with “no qualifications and even fewer prospects,” working as a domestic servant in various houses in Dublin until she met and married John Murphy, a soldier stationed at Portobello Barracks. The couple moved to Birmingham, England, in 1959 where they reared nine children. Maura now lives in Birmingham, England, in the West Midlands.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    Dreadful Book

    You dont finish school, you have to get married because you get pregnant, your husband is a looser, a wife beater and a drunk, you go on to have nine children that both you and your husband abuse, you smoke like a chimney, you are constantly getting evicted, your children get placed in state care, you get them back, they get into trouble with the law. I finally decided i had to post a review while reading page 321, the author describes her son 'At seventeen, he broke the post office window when he tried to collect his dole money.He flew into a rage when they wouldnt cash his giro. then he took his temper with him to Bournville College and turned the tables over when he went to enroll for his A levels. I think his intolerence was caused by the pain he suffered with his ears' Hello!!! could it be the parents who messed up??? she goes on to blame her parents, husband, the catholic church, being irish, the british council, the british schools etc, etc for all her other problems. God save us from the likes of this lady!! The worst book i have read in along time. I am amazed it was ever published.

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