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This is the heart-rending story of a woman struggling to reclaim her dignity after a violent, abusive marriage and a worsening drink problem.

This is the heart-rending story of a woman struggling to reclaim her dignity after a violent, abusive marriage and a worsening drink problem. Paula Spencer recalls her contented childhood, the audacity she learned as a teenager, the exhilaration of her romance with Charlo and the marriage to him that left her powerless. Capturing both her vulnerability and her strength, Doyle gives Paula a voice that is real and unforgettable.

Reviews

This new novel is Roddy Doyle's best to date. I cannot recall any writer who has better captured the vulnerability and courage of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage

Cork Examiner

Even more mesmerizing than his prize-winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Daily Mail

His best work yet

The Times

In feeling the pulse of a raw Dublin suburb, Doyle is recording a beat that can be recognised all over the world

The Times

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    9781407072838

    September 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    240 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780749395995

    April 4, 1997

    Vintage

    240 pages

    RRP $22.99

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