Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?: A Memoir

Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?: A Memoir

by Séamas O'Reilly
Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?: A Memoir

Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?: A Memoir

by Séamas O'Reilly


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“In this joyous, wildly unconventional memoir, Séamas O'Reilly tells the story of losing his mother as a child and growing up with ten siblings in Northern Ireland during the final years of the Troubles as a raucous comedy, a grand caper that is absolutely bursting with life.”―Patrick Radden Keefe, NYT bestselling author of Say Nothing and Empire of Pain

One of NPR’s Best Books of the Year

Séamas O’Reilly’s mother died when he was five, leaving him, his ten (!) brothers and sisters, and their beloved father in their sprawling bungalow in rural Derry. It was the 1990s; the Troubles were a background rumble, but Séamas was more preoccupied with dinosaurs, Star Wars, and the actual location of heaven than the political climate.

An instant bestseller in Ireland, Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? is a book about a family of loud, argumentative, musical, sarcastic, grief-stricken siblings, shepherded into adulthood by a man whose foibles and reticence were matched only by his love for his children and his determination that they would flourish.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316424257
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/07/2022
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 54,384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Seamas O'Reilly is a columnist for the Observer and writes about media and politics for the Irish Times, New Statesman, Guts, and VICE. He lives in the London borough of Hackney with his family.

Table of Contents

1 Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? 1

2 Halloween 19

3 Mother's Day 35

4 Numbers 53

5 This One Time Daddy Lifted a Car 66

6 An Entire Chapter About Dogs and Priests 83

7 Fermanagh 104

8 The Forge 123

9 Fame! 145

10 Jeremy 160

11 The Grand North Atlantic Home-Taped VHS Archive 177

12 Notable Explosions, 1988-2005 194

13 Dead and Dying Cows 213

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