Hand In The Till [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Comic Irish writing at its best"--Colin Quinn

With a family like this, who wouldn't need Absinthe?

Fionnuala Flood, mother of seven unruly thugs, takes stock of her life on her 45th birthday, and it couldn't be more of a misery. She's been sacked from the corner shop for stealing, her two oldest sons are in prison, her husband's hands are fondling more than frozen fish at the packing plant where he works as a scab, and her lesbian daughter ...
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Hand In The Till

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Overview

"Comic Irish writing at its best"--Colin Quinn

With a family like this, who wouldn't need Absinthe?

Fionnuala Flood, mother of seven unruly thugs, takes stock of her life on her 45th birthday, and it couldn't be more of a misery. She's been sacked from the corner shop for stealing, her two oldest sons are in prison, her husband's hands are fondling more than frozen fish at the packing plant where he works as a scab, and her lesbian daughter has just published a book exposing the family's attempts to get their claws into Auntie Ursula Barnett's lottery winnings the year before. Daughter Dymphna, unwed mother, has just been kicked out of her boyfriend's house, adding two more mouths to feed.

Desperate to raise money to travel to Malta for the launch party and wreak havoc, Fionnuala puts into motion a get-rich-quick scheme that preys on the weaknesses of others and will hopefully add a bit of luxury to her empty coal bin of a life. The scheme, however, unleashes dark secrets that bring Ursula back to town for a final showdown.

Hand In The Till is a darkly comic look at revenge, retribution and, perhaps, reconciliation. With a shot of Absinthe.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013785182
  • Publisher: Mint Books
  • Publication date: 12/29/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 267
  • Sales rank: 421,801
  • File size: 344 KB

Meet the Author

Gerald Hansen lived for years in his mother's hometown of Derry, Northern Ireland and attended Dublin City University. As a Navy brat, he grew up in California, Thailand, London, Iceland and Germany. His debut novel, An Embarrassment of Riches was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel semifinalist in 2010, Hand In The Till, came out in 2011, and Fleeing The Jurisdiction in 2012. Best Served Frozen dropped 2014. Gerald now lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Well worth reading

    This is the second book about the Irish Flood family. The first book is An EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES also by Gerald Hansen. The are kind of addictive because the characters ae so well done and the situations are so funny.




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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    Explosive Writing! Gerald Hansen hits the jackpot again with an

    Explosive Writing!

    Gerald Hansen hits the jackpot again with another outstanding piece of black comedy genius, delivered in his own unique style. The legendary Fionnuala Flood and her extended family once more emblazon every page with their misguided antics and comedy of errors. Right from the off, when we're privy to the fact that tins of knock-off vegetables are actually filled with Semtex, we know we're in for one explosive ride. Hansen not only has a rare talent for witty and razor-sharp characterization, he also writes for the ear - I feel I could almost pass for a native of Derry, if I wasn't so heart-feared, so am are! Above all, Hansen is a master of plot. No scene is wasted. Misunderstandings, crossed wires and bawdy frolics abound as Fionnuala takes stock of her lot at the age of forty-five and her futile attempts to raise money for the trip abroad to wreak revenge on her daughter, Moira, come to grief. Meanwhile, husband Paddy is up to no good with fellow Polish worker at the Fillet O Fish factory and Dymphna's lot is a sorry one - up the duff again and estranged from her Proddy husband Rory who her best friend has her eyes on. Youngest daughter Siofra, too - ever her mother's daughter - is carrying on the religious divisions in Derry single-handedly. Well, almost.I won't give away any more of this story, but it will have you in stitches. Watch out especially for the jaw-droppingly funny chapter featuring a Rubick's cube.Well done, Gerald Hansen! A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Hand In The Till ROCKS! Loved the continuation of this series. T

    Hand In The Till ROCKS!
    Loved the continuation of this series. This was not as laugh-out-loud funny as the first, but it's an engaging book and the dialogue is truly delightful. The Floods are a hilarious Irish family who can't catch a break - but really don't deserve one. This book is well worth it. Enjoy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2011

    Hand To My Mouth...

    ...holding back the laughter! From the Hannah Montana earrings, to the sexual shenanigans in the fish factory, to the explosives in the canned vegetables...this book is hilarious! The scene on the ferry, the scene at the talent show, the scene in the supermarket at the end...all had me furiously turning the pages (or whatever its called on Nook) to find out what happened. I'm going to try An Embarrassment of Riches next. I hope it's just as good!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Awful

    Was a waste of time. Hard to follow. Do not reccomend.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Waste of time

    Written with an Irish accent/dialect, this book is different from anything I've read before. It takes time to get used to the Irish slang. About 1/3 into the book I considered closing it and never returning. It wasn't grabbing my attention. I read it through to the end and it was a BIG disappointment. Uninteresting and the closing was less than exciting. Don't buy. I wasted my time reading this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Not just funny

    Hilarious

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Funny, entertaining read about two families feuding in Ireland.

    Funny, entertaining read about two families feuding in Ireland.
    Great/strange dialogue!

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

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    Interesting.

    Once I got past the language and figured what was being said with the words and accents, I thought the book was funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Hilarious!!

    This book about the feuding Barnett and Flood families really is a hoot. I recommend anyone who's feeling down about their family to give it a try. You'll thank your lucky stars you aren't related to these people! :)

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Brilliant!

    I keep going back and forth in my mind, which is better, Hand In The Till, or Gerald Hansen's first, An Embarrassment of Riches?? Although I would've never even been introduced to this fantastic writer without the first book, I have to say...this one is better! Funnier, more taut and, somehow, more tragic! Excellent writing! It will have you laughing and set your brain cells 'trundling.'

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