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Summary

The Irish Times Number One Best Seller 

Séamas O'Reilly's mother died when he was five, leaving him, his 10 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. 

 
 

©2021 Seamas O'Reilly (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"A gorgeous memoir." (Pandora Sykes)

"Tender, sad and side-splittingly funny." (Annie MacManus) 

"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, author of Reasons to be Cheerful)

"Grotesquely funny." (Sophie Heawood, author of The Hungover Games)

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Brillant wit

This book is full of laughter. I’m very honoured to know Seamas & know his story xxx

Caraiosa

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Narrated far too quickly

I was so looking forward to listening to this book but the narrator spoke soo quickly that I just couldn't keep up. it's the first time that I've had this problem so had to give up after two chapters. Sorry as noone else has mentioned the excessive speed of narration.

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Made me laugh and cry, often at the same time!

Full of humour and emotion as it describes growing up in a wonderfully weird family

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Beautifully written and narrated.


One of those books that will make you laugh (and cry) out loud.
If you only read/listen to one book this year - this is the one.


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  • 28-07-21

Brilliant

What a brilliant book - funny, sad and honest. The best book I have listened to/read in years. Couldn't put it down! Beautifully written and narrated.

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  • 27-07-21

Funny, sad, lovely, unlikely yet wonderfully personal and welcoming

I love listening to autobiographies and memoirs that have been read by the author, and Séamas’ Northern Irish voice really helps bring this story to life. I laughed, cried, laughed again and repeat. Joe O’Reilly is a superhero and the love that Séamas writes with is lovely to be a part of, even if just for a short while.

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Outstanding

Beautifully sad and hilarious in equal measure.Although a true story it reminds me of the style of a Roddy Doyle classic

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Highly recommended

I can’t find a single fault with this book. It has everything a reader or listener could want. It’s funny, touching, informative. Well done!

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A truly heartwarming book which was exactly what I needed.

Wonderful book.I laughed cried and Was uplifted in a dark time which is such a gift At the moment. Loved every minute of this book.

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A lovely story but spoiled by very quick narration.

A pity but I had to slow down speed for first time ever on audio

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  • 07-09-21

Fantastic!

Loved this book, laugh out loud funny but could have me bawling crying in the same breath

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  • Chris P.
  • 11-08-21

Beautifully Written, Wonderfully Narrated.

This book is eloquently written, funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting all at the same time. The narration is done by the author and I think his voice and telling the story using himself makes it that much more compelling. This book made me laugh, smile, get goosebumps, and made me reflect on my own relationship with my family. The author has a subtleness to his voice that makes it feel like you are listening to an old friend tell a story. The way he narrates the father's parts and talking like him is both hilarious and relatable. If you are not used to hearing the Irish dialect, I suggest slowing down the reading just a tad to make it easier. I am very glad a friend in Ireland recommended this book and can't recommend it enough as well.

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  • CaitB
  • 06-08-21

Absolutely Hilarious

Maybe it's that I'm Irish and we're known for our quirky and sometimes black humor but whatever the reason, I found this book to be so hilarious and sad and compassionate all in one go. O'Reilly does what most writers can't - making light of a death while celebrating a life.

Slainte to you, Mr. O'Reilly - I look forward to reading more of your work.