Ma, it's a Cold Aul Night an I'm Lookin for a Bed
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Ma, it's a Cold Aul Night an I'm Lookin for a Bed

By (author) Martha Long

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In this latest instalment of Martha Long's real-life account of abuse, deprivation and cruelty at the hands of her mother's partner and the establishment, Martha is now 16 and her time at the convent school is up. In "Ma, It's a Cold Aul Night an I'm Lookin for a Bed", she leads us through her first months of freedom. With no home to go to, Martha leaves the convent carrying her suitcase and a burning ambition to shake off her impoverished past. Hungry to become a person who will blend in with the middle classes, Martha yearns to be accepted as someone who can be loved, respected, and one day have a home of her own where she will be safe. But this is 1960s Dublin, where poverty is rife and the Church works together with the Irish government to keep the poor and the ignorant in their place. Martha first finds work as a home help with a loving, lively family, which leads her to a job in a shop, an Italian fish and chip cafe, then as a skivvy in a miserable household where she is reminded of the terror Jackser brought into her life. Chance meetings with brothers and old friends from the convent lift Martha's spirits, but soon she is back on the streets searching for work and a warm bed to call her own. Martha is not often deterred when fate deals her a blow. 'Life is a bowl of cherries!' she reasons. But heartache awaits as people turn her away and predators lurk in the shadows.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 25.4mm | 226.8g
  • 06 May 2010
  • Mainstream Publishing
  • Edinburgh
  • English
  • 1845965825
  • 9781845965822
  • 21,903

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Author Information

Martha Long was born in Dublin in the early 1950s and still lives there today. She has written seven critically acclaimed volumes of autobiography, including the bestselling Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes. Run, Lily, Run is her fiction debut.

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"Martha Long has a talent of interlacing her tragic life story with humour ... a fluently written and absorbing memoir, which will horrify and inspire" Ulster Tatler "An ultimately uplifting story which salutes the strength of the human spirit" Irish World "A tale of strength, bravery and sheer determination of not letting life beat you" Irish Post

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Buying all the books in the series had made for seamless resading. It would be torture if I had to wait for the next instalment. I'm still captivated and rooting for Martha all the way. I feel her pain and her joy.show more
by Cheryl Richards