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Christine Dwyer Hickey's Tatty is a devastating yet hilarious depiction of a troubled Dublin family told in the vibrant, charismatic voice of the little girl lost within it.

With brutal honesty, Tatty tells the story of her beloved but feckless dad, her tormented mam and her five siblings, including her sister with special needs. As she grows up, Tatty becomes ever more aware of the strange reality of her home life and the damage wrought by alcohol on her family.

First published in 2004, Tatty became a bestseller and is a modern Irish masterpiece that is tragic, funny and utterly unsentimental.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 146 x 134mm | 156g
  • Bolinda Audio Books
  • Tullamarine, Australia
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 0655652299
  • 9780655652298

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'Christine Dwyer Hickey's fourth novel, Tatty, beautiful and heartbreaking, confirms that her skills are perfected, and her exceptional talent is far from exhausted ... Tatty devastates in a way that only the most unsentimental novels can.' -- The Sunday Independent 'Dwyer Hickey sets the scene beautifully. A poignant humour permeates the pages of this excellent novel. In the wrong hands Tatty could have been a gratuitously violent read. That it retains a quiet dignity is testament to the skill of this author.' -- Books Ireland 'Dwyer Hickey gives Tatty a fragile resilience: deeply damaged, she still feels that she must be strong. It makes for authentic fiction.' -- The Sunday Times 'Dwyer Hickey's mastery of the child's voice is spectacular and her acute understanding of the mentality of children leads to some hilarious moments.' -- The Sunday Tribune
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About Christine Dwyer Hickey

Christine Dwyer Hickey is one of Ireland's best-known writers. Often regarded as a 'Dublin writer,' her work is set in various locations including London, Italy, New York, Cape Cod and India.
She has published several novels, a short story collection and a full-length play. The Cold Eye of Heaven won the Irish Novel of the Year 2012 and was nominated for the International IMPAC award. Tatty was nominated for The Orange Prize and was listed as one of the 50 Irish Novels of the Decade. Last Train from Liguria was nominated for the Prix L'Europeen de Litterature. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines world wide and have won several awards, most recently the Irish Short Story Award at the Irish Book Awards 2017. Her first play Snow Angels premiered at the Project Arts Centre to wide critical acclaim. Her work has been translated into many European languages and is also available in Arabic. Cathy Belton is an Irish actress with a long list of film, television and theatre credits to her name. She played Patricia Hennessy in the crime thriller Red Rock (2015-2018), and Maura in the children's show Roy (2015-2019). Among Cathy's other film and television credits are The Woman in White (2018), Nowhere Fast (2017) and Philomena (2013). In 2015, she performed at the world premiere of one-woman play The Match Box at Galway Arts Festival and was nominated for an Irish Times Best Actress Award.
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