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Hailed by the critics as a masterpiece, Tatty is a devastating yet hilarious depiction of a troubled Dublin family, told through the lively, charismatic voice of a little girl over a 10-year period. 

During this time we see the destruction brought about by alcoholism as one little girl tries to come to terms with her parents’ drinking. This is the story of a disturbed childhood, yet it is also filled with humour and love. Chapter by chapter, the child’s voice matures and her perception becomes more honed; we are left with a stunning portrait of a disintegrating family and the child lost within it. 

©2004 Christine Dwyer Hickey (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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wonderful

Brilliantly read, creates an entire world, so specific and so universal!!! A great choice for anyone interested in Dublin.

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Powerful insight to a child’s suffering.

I was blown away by the power and the harsh truth of this book. Brilliantly told and narrated.

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It is good but not a Masterpiece.

Tatty is almost painful to listen to towards the end. The pain and insanity of a child living with alcoholism is brilliantly written.
A must for anyone interested in identifying or in recovery from addiction.

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So disappointed with the open end!!

Was really good listening to this book but it feels like it ended halfway through! Is there another book to tell us what happened next??

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Disappointing

the voice did not work for me..sadly .the story is a worthy one but it felt very contrived.

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Authentic, engaging tale of a Dublin family

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I read it many years ago and found it gripping. As it has been chosen as the UNESCO one city one book for this year I decided to revisit it in another form. Cathy Belton’s narration really does justice to the book. The story is told through a child’s voice showing us a family on the verge of destruction as a result of alcoholism. Telling it from the child’s point of view gives a rawness and the voice is authentic and honest. I found the story to be tragic in parts but also quite funny in other parts.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Get listening or reading- it is really worth it!

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  • 24-06-20

The worst audiobook ever heard

This story was lazily written and hard to follow unless you actually can get into the story which might have been easier if the narrators didn't sound like sock puppets. I wonder if I read this book myself if I'd like it. I recently listened to a different coming of age story told by a growing child that I liked. But the narrators did a fine job of making it come to life. The narrators in this book had the skills of a preschool teacher. At points it felt like nails against the chalkboard. I can't believe they even released this. I wasn't transported into the story I was transported to a children's classroom watching sock bunnies ears flopping around behind a cardboard set. No human speaks in those voices. I am debating on emailing audible for an exchange. I have to do that now because apparently I have exchanged too many books... well.. they are expensive and they have a satisfaction guarantee. But I have been trying to cut audible some slack and only exchange the books that are so bad I can't finish. I did finish this one.... even though I slept through a few parts and didn't care to go back.... worst book I have read all year.