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Hand in the Till

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Comic Irish writing at its best --Colin Quinn, comedian. The Troubles of Northern Ireland are history, and in the city of Derry, former foes Catholics and Protestants are living happily side by side. Or are they? Hardened mother of seven unruly thugs, Fionnuala Flood, gets more than she bargains for when she buys a case on the black market that contains not canned potatoes...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by iUniverse.com (first published January 7th 2011)
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Gerald Hansen hits the jackpot again with another outstanding piece of black comedy genius, delivered in his own unique style. This is the follow up to An Embarrassment of Riches. The legendary Fionnuala Flood and her extended family once more emblazon every page with their misguided antics and comedy of errors. Right from the off we know we're in for an explosive ride when we learn that tins of knock-off vegetables are actually filled with Semtex. Hansen not only has a rare talent for witty and...more
I won this through Goodreads (and am late in adding it to my queue...yipes!) and absolutely can't wait to get started! I've got a couple books to get through and then I can read this one. It looks like it will be a lot of fun!

7/20/2011 I'm finally reading this one...yay! So far I can't tell you how many times I've laughed out loud. I can hear the characters (Hansen is extraordinarily skilled at writing an Irish brogue phonetically) and I admit that, regardless of how wrong they all are, I'm root...more
I was happy to win this as a First Reads copy because I do not usually dabble in this area of fiction. The book started out pretty slow (perhaps it is because I did not read the precursor, Embarrassment of Riches), but then become quite funny and builds to a plot-racing finish. It certainly seems as if there could be a third installment, too, given the ending. Hansen is darkly hilarious and I look forward to a third book with these vile characters!
It was a fast read. It wasn't really what I was expecting, but it was a good read. I didn't find it funny at all. I actually thought it was sad. It did get me thinking about things, which is always a bonus when reading a book. I wish I'd read the first book.
I liked it. The ending was better than I was expecting; certainly more hopeful than the first book. Just as ridiculous, but also less so. I will read the third book, after a break!
Somewhat humorous but mostly sad glimpse of a poor Catholic (green/coke) family's life in L'Derry, Ireland. With a derogatory term every other line, it is not for the faint of heart. In the author's defense, this family hates everyone equally.

Probably will not read more by this author, but it was only about $2 on the Kindle.

My favorite line came from 11-year-old Padraig after his mother asks why his little sister's face is bruised and cut:
"An Orange bitch clattered seven shades of shite out of h...more
Cindi Chase
Once I got past the language and figured what was being said with the words and accents, I thought the book was funny.
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