Who would have believed it Only yesterday they were children themselves Now they re having chisellers of their own, and for the first time in her life, Agnes Browne is feeling old But with a daughter stuck in an unhappy marriage, a homesick son in London, another son headed for prison, and another grandchild on the way, it seems that the Browne clan needs their mammy than ever And Agnes is than up for the challenge until she s faced with a crisis of her own


10 thoughts on “The Granny

  1. Michael Michael says:

    The indomitable Agnes Browne of Dublin is back and continues to be a force of nature in this 1996 conclusion of O Carroll s trilogy Her brood of six children are getting older, moving out, and starting families of their own We open with the clan assembled at the hospital for the birth of her first grandchild, a happy occasion though the handle Granny takes her aback She will do anything to support her family, but her help often doesn t quite serve When her son is worried about his wife s l The indomitable Agnes Browne of Dublin is back and continues to be a force of nature in this 1996 conclusion of O Carroll s trilogy Her brood of six children are getting older, moving out, and starting families of their own We open with the clan assembled at the hospital for the birth of her first grandchild, a happy occasion though the handle Granny takes her aback She will do anything to support her family, but her help often doesn t quite serve When her son is worried about his wife s labor taking so long, she offers this relief, only to be called out for exaggeration by another sonDon t be worryin son The first is the longest On me first I was ninety six hours in labour Dermot smiled Don t mind what she s saying I heard her tellin that story it was sixteen hours Jaysus, by the time I m having a child she ll be sittin in the waiting room tellin everyone that she was so long in labour that Mark was born with a mustache That s the kind of laughs you can reap from this short novel The humor and lively dialog is supplemented with a number of plotlines to pull your heartstrings One son is gay, and it takes her a bit of time to understand and come to terms with that One is an artist who is so shy and inarticulate it takes him years to reveal his love for a certain woman, despite all of Agnes attempts to encourage him The one who breaks her heart is Dermot, whose irresponsible, happy go lucky spirit gets him in trouble with the law when one caper has a tragic outcome On a visit to him in prison, her pressures to get him to acknowledge his paternity for his child by a drug addict leads to a total cutoff of contact with her Somehow Agnes love and persistence pays off by the end At Agnes side through her ups and downs with her family are a colorful cast of characters in the neighborhood As her nest gets emptier, she takes a French lover, Pierre He knows enough to let her have her way on most things He learns a lesson when on the advice of a men s magazine he tries to unleash the sexual animal within Agnes with some bondage games This book, as well as the two others you may access out of order if you wish The Chisellers and The Mammy , makes for a welcome breather for anyone who has been reading too many serious or difficult books They prove that the Irish may typically be poor and downtrodden, but they have a tendency to excel in family loyalty, humor, and zest for life


  2. Melki Melki says:

    This is the sweet and poignant final chapter in the Agnes Browne trilogy The kids are all grown, and starting families of their own, and poor Agnes has to get used to being called a name she can t standGranny Petty squabbles may threaten to pull the group apart, but there s plenty of love and laughter to go around A satisfying conclusion to a series I d gladly read again.


  3. Indya Indya says:

    Such an emotional book, extremely different to the show, but I loved it and the two before it immensely It actually made me laugh out loud at some points, before breaking my heart at the very end.


  4. Shirley Shirley says:

    This book was amazing The best of the trilogy All three books were incredible but this last one made me laugh and cry like I never have with any other book I ve read Brendan O Carroll is a wonderfully descriptive writer, taking you right into the family of the story You feel their pain as well as their joys and celebrations A fantastic author


  5. Kelly Kelly says:

    I absolutely loved this series At times I felt like crying and most of the time I laughed Highly recommend


  6. Susan Susan says:

    This is the third and final book in a trilogy about the life of Agnes Browne There is even a movie titled Agnes Browne staring Angelica Huston based on the first book by Brendan O Carroll titled The Mammy All three books are quick reads and could easily be finished in a sitting Cute stories that take place in the late to early seventies in Dublin, Ireland The characters are crass and have a tendency to favor the pubs Each book contains several short snippets of moments in the life of Agnes This is the third and final book in a trilogy about the life of Agnes Browne There is even a movie titled Agnes Browne staring Angelica Huston based on the first book by Brendan O Carroll titled The Mammy All three books are quick reads and could easily be finished in a sitting Cute stories that take place in the late to early seventies in Dublin, Ireland The characters are crass and have a tendency to favor the pubs Each book contains several short snippets of moments in the life of Agnes Browne There is no character development and the reader never really gets involved with the story But that is not what the stories are about They are cute, easy reads that make you laugh and smile Feel good stories


  7. Nicola Mcfall Nicola Mcfall says:

    I enjoyed the trilogy very much They aren t what I expected and I think that who reads them thinking they will be just the same as the new massively popular television series may be dissappointed These books show Agnes Brown as much less outrageous than we see her in the show we see arealistic version of her as a single parent, friend and lover They are still very funny but in a different way They are also, at times, very sad and touching and the ending of this book shocked the life I enjoyed the trilogy very much They aren t what I expected and I think that who reads them thinking they will be just the same as the new massively popular television series may be dissappointed These books show Agnes Brown as much less outrageous than we see her in the show we see arealistic version of her as a single parent, friend and lover They are still very funny but in a different way They are also, at times, very sad and touching and the ending of this book shocked the life out of me I really enjoyed them I thought that The Granny was particularly well written I just hope that others can go into them open minded enough to enjoy them too


  8. Lisa Wilson Lisa Wilson says:

    What a finale to a great book series The only thing I don t like is that we will not hear anyabout Browne clan I would have loved to have followed this family for a fewbooks O Carroll has a way of making you actually care about the characters.


  9. Dawn Dawn says:

    This Trilogy has been a suprise for me I totally enjoyed all three books and this last one The Granny had some bittersweet suprises Definately in the top of my faves


  10. Connie Connie says:

    An absolutely charming, engaging story of family and the strength of love, written as only an Irishman could.