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Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?

An Post Irish Book of the Year Award in Biography category, 2021

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780708899236

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 2nd June 2022

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General

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THE IRISH TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER

AN POST BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR

‘Gorgeous’ Pandora Sykes

‘A rare and beautiful book’ Marian Keyes

‘Tender, sad and side-splittingly funny’ Annie MacManus


‘A delight’ Dara Ó Briain

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 (most of the time), and Séamas at that point was more preoccupied with dinosaurs, Star Wars and the actual location of heaven than the political climate.

Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? is a book about a family of argumentative, loud, 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. It is the moving, often amusing and completely unsentimental story of a boy growing up in a family bonded by love, loss and fairly relentless mockery.

‘A heartfelt tribute to an alarmingly large family held together by a quietly heroic father’ Arthur Mathews, co-creator of Father Ted and Toast of London

‘Not only hilarious, tender, absurd, delightful and charming, but written with such skill as to render it unforgettable’ Nina Stibbe

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Such wonderful writing
Nigella Lawson
An almost improbable true story of an Irish man bringing up eleven (yes, eleven) children on his own, after his wife dies. Séamas is the ninth of these "half-orphans" and he writes about his childhood and grief with such pathos and wit - even the chapter on his father's love of dogs is exquisite. A gorgeous memoir
Pandora Sykes
I laughed until I choked, I cried BUCKETS, I have NEVER been so charmed, I fell in GIANT LOVE with Daddy O'Reilly. Seriously, this is a rare and beautiful book
Marian Keyes
I cannot stress enough how much I love this funny, adorable memoir. Not only hilarious, tender, absurd, delightful and charming, but written with such skill as to render it unforgettable. I now can't wait to see the TV series and/or to become Séamas's best friend
Nina Stibbe, bestselling author of Reasons to be Cheerful
Melancholy and sweet and funny and sad all at once
Jay Rayner
Did Ye Hear Mammy Died is a delight. Both moving and funny in huge measure
Dara Ó Briain
Did Ye Hear Mammy Died is so funny and wonderfully written, I love it
Maeve Higgins
Grotesquely funny
Sophie Heawood, author of The Hungover Games
Tender, sad and side-splittingly funny, this is the unforgettable story of how a boy with ten siblings and no mother grew into a man. It's a love letter to Northern Ireland and all the children, dogs, priests and struggling parents that live there. I adored it
Annie MacManus
I've been struggling to commit to a book for weeks but I've just read the first few pages of Did Ye Hear Mammy Died and I'M BACK BABY
Emer McLysaght
I enjoyed this immensely. I laughed a lot (often out loud). A heartfelt tribute to an alarmingly large family held together by a quietly heroic father
Arthur Mathews, co-creator of Father Ted and Toast of London
Beautiful and funny and beautiful because it's funny. It's also sad and life affirming and all about loss and border life and quietly heroic fatherhood and chaotically excessive siblinghood and priests and dogs. I loved it
Patrick Freyne, author of Okay, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea