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The Young Wan Plume Brendan O’Carroll


10th July 2013 Literature & Fiction 0 Comments

Before she was a Mammy, before she had Chisellers, and before they made her a Granny, Agnes Browne was Agnes Reddin, a young girl-or a Young Wan- growing up in the Jarro in Dublin.

Brendan O’Carroll takes readers back to the heart of working-class Dublin, this time in the 1940s. Together with her soon to be lifelong best friend Marion Delany, young Agnes manages to survive the indignities and demands of Catholic school, the unwanted births of siblings, days spent in the factories and markets, and nights in the dance hall as rock-and-roll invades Dublin.

But on the eve of her wedding night, the Jarro is alive with gossip-will Agnes be turned away at the altar? For the whole parish knows Agnes’s not-so-well-kept secret. And with a mother falling further into dementia, and a younger sister turning to a life of crime, it’s up to Agnes alone to keep her splintering family together, while trying to create one of her own.

Filled with O’Carroll’s trademark wicked wit and loving, larger-than-life characters, The Young Wan shows the hardscrabble beginnings of the ultimate Irish mother and family.

What was tough young Dublin widow Agnes Browne doing before she starred in her own trilogy by Irish comedian O’Carroll?
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

“An almost surefire winner . . . one of those books that demands to be read in one sitting.”
– The Irish Voice –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

“An almost surefire winner . . . one of those books that demands to be read in one sitting.”
– The Irish Voice –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

The Young Wan










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