Maura Murphy was born into a poor rural homestead in 1920s Ireland. She left school at 14 and arrived in Dublin where she worked in service until she married. At 75 years old, recovering from cancer and having left her marriage of 50 years, Maura Murphy recorded her story: from her early days to her destructive marriage to a hard-working, hard-drinking womaniser, the birth of her nine children, and a life-or-death choice that would change her forever. Fearlessly honest, told with biting wit and with all the explosive power of Angela's Ashes, this is a remarkable memoir of an ordinary woman and an extraordinary life. 
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