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The Granny (Agnes Browne #4)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  1,110 ratings  ·  104 reviews
The third and final installment of Irish comic Brendan O'Carroll's celebrated Agnes Browne trilogy finds Agnes outside the maternity ward of Dublin's Rotunda Hospital, where she has just become a "granny" and is feeling old. But with a daughter trapped in a failing marriage, a homesick son in London, another son headed for prison, and a new grandchild on the way, the Brown...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Penguin Group US (first published 1996)
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I enjoyed the trilogy very much. They aren't what I expected and I think that who reads them thinking they will be just the same as the new massively popular television series may be dissappointed. These books show Agnes Brown as much less outrageous than we see her in the show - we see a more realistic version of her as a single parent, friend and lover. They are still very funny but in a different way! They are also, at times, very sad and touching and the ending of this book shocked the life...more
The final book in the Agnes Browne series, not including The Young Wan, is a delight, as ever. Though Brendan O'Carroll's writing can be admittedly simplistic, and relies heavily on coincidence, farce, and twists of fate that are often hard to take, he truly shines through when painting characters and their relationships. His Browne family is pitch perfect - from Dermot, the often prankish but never malicious son whose mischievous ways catch up to him, to Mark, the loving and responsible, but of...more
Arrivederci Mrs. Browne,

Mi mancherete tu e la tua famiglia!
D'accordo, quelli della trilogia non saranno mai considerati dei capolavori letterari, ma hanno il pregio di parlare di cose semplici e di farlo con delicatezza e senza la pretesa di offrire alcuna soluzione se non quella del buonsenso e della leggerezza. Perché in fondo cosa c'è di più bello di una giornata passata serenamente in famiglia?
This was the last book in a trilogy that I didn't want to end . . . I fell in love with this whole family, especially Agnes Browne, and I cried at the end of her story.

The characters are so incredibly real that surely, surely, these people actually exist somewhere in Ireland. . . I hope they do.
Claudia Sesto
"La frattura nella sua vita era stata ricompensata dal solido acciaio dell'amore".
Nei film con il sequel il primo rimane sempre il più bello.....qui nella saga di Agnes Browne per me si è verificato il contrario questo libro l'ultimo (purtroppo)è veremente bello...ho pianto ed ho riso com'è nella vita reale.
Un bellissimo libro pieno di sentimenti intorno al clan Browne insieme a loro vivremo la vita di tutti i giorni con le difficoltà, il dolore, il sorriso, l'amore, l'orgoglio, la gelosia, la...more
This Trilogy has been a suprise for me! I totally enjoyed all three books and this last one The Granny had some bittersweet suprises. Definately in the top of my faves!!!
Mi è parso il migliore della trilogia, ma sempre piuttosto mediocre, sia a livello di trama, sia a livello di introspezione psicologica. Un romanzo di puro svago, diciamo.
All of these are fun and entertaining
David Savage
The Granny is the third book in the Agnes Browne (Mrs Brown’s Boys) trilogy by Brendan O’Carroll. With all the Browne children now grown up and leaving home to go their own ways Agnes Browne becomes a granny at 47 when Mark and Betty have their first child.

Some of the children have gone on to lead very successful lives while Cathy is stuck in a bad marriage, Dermot ends up in prison for manslaughter along with his best mate Buster and Trevor moves to England. Agnes finds the break-up of the fami...more
Leggere una saga a volte è molto bello. Ti affezioni ai personaggi e sei presa dalla voglia di seguirne la storia e magari quando finisce ti senti un vuoto e vorresti non doverli abbandonare mai.
Ma con Agnes Browne non mi è successo. Agnes Browne ragazza che è stato l'ultimo scritto da O'Carroll ma che racconta l'inizio di Agnes, la sua giovinezza e la sua amicizia con Marion, è secondo me il migliore della serie, quello con più sentimento. Agnes Browne mamma ha invece molto umorismo e anche se...more
John Pollard
Good end to the trilogy, I can relate to many of the scenarios in the book, shows the value of family. Agnes typifies your Dublin Mum, wanting her children to find their own way in life, do the best they can, hoping things will work out in the end for them, while always taking responsibility for your actions.
All in all a humorous story based on reality of life in Dublin during the latter part of the 20th century.
Questo terzo episodio mi ha dato una strana sensazione. Non mi è piaciuto come i primi due, ma non me ne volevo separare.
Durante la lettura mi arrabbiavo quando Agnes non parlava, ma mi facevo coinvolgere dalle storie dei suoi figli.
Ero in cerca delle battute di Agnes, quelle battute uniche del primo volume, rare nel secondo e qui del tutto scomparse. Pensavo fossero soprattutto quelle a rendere originale la storia, che altrimenti sarebbe stata abbastanza quotidiana.
O' carroll ci ha fatto cono...more
All three of these books were really good and really fast reads. The first two were hilarious, with some drama and one sad part each. This one however, was very sad. It had it's uplifting moments, but it kind of ended the trilogy on a low note. The author also seems to have at least one fabulously unlikely coincidence occur in each book, but I can forgive him for this, since it makes for a satisfying ending. The only real complaint I have is my disappointment in Agnes because of her attitude tow...more
Margherita Dolcevita
Il migliore della trilogia (non si possono dare sei o sette stelline?) che ha come protagonisti Agnes Browne e la sua famiglia allargata. Li ho letti in tre giorni, uno al giorno, ed è difficile separarmene. Ho riso, ho pianto, mi sono appassionata sul serio alle vicende di questa sgangherata famiglia, ho avidamente divorato le pagine per scoprire gli sviluppi della trama. Mi mancheranno tutti, ho raramente provato questo pathos, queste forti emozioni alla fine di un ciclo di romanzi.
Non c'è mo...more
Raven Taylor
This was a very enjoyable trilogy. I wish more people were still writing honest real life drama as it's in short supply among all the fantasy stuff that's all the rage. A fitting end to the trilogy I'll miss reading about Agnes and her family.
This is the third and final book in a trilogy about the life of Agnes Browne. There is even a movie titled Agnes Browne staring Angelica Huston based on the first book by Brendan O'Carroll titled The Mammy. All three books are quick reads and could easily be finished in a sitting. Cute stories that take place in the late to early seventies in Dublin, Ireland. The characters are crass and have a tendency to favor the pubs. Each book contains several short snippets of moments in the life of Agnes...more
brillent set not my normal type books but a great change not as funny as the tv seris but a more life like stories brillent set
Bonnie McHenry
One of the best endings to a book that I have read in a very long time. O'Carroll did a wonderful job at weaving together all 3 books keeping you interested in each story line. Sometimes when you have so many characters to follow it can become quite confusing. This was not the case here! Each character brought their own uniqueness to the story just as if you were living next door following the lives of your close neighbors. At times laugh out loud funny while other time visibly crying, your emot...more
Tears flowed down my face as I finished this short book about "O'Connell's fun-loving working-class Dublin world" (-Entertainment Weekly).Agnes Browne raises her brood of kids alone, as varied as you can get, and suddenly hears herself called "Granny".I came to love all the characters from the worst of them to the best. O'Connell has a warm forgiving insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the working class Irishman. For me the worst of them is raised to the level of hero in this feel good...more
Great end to a great trilogy. :) I will miss the Browne clan.
Delightful read! As good as the rest!
Sweetman Sweetman
Jul 26, 2010 Sweetman Sweetman rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes, as part of the series, not as a stand alone read
Recommended to Sweetman by: library find, Irish literature
The third of The Mammy series by Brendan O'Carroll. This was the wrapping it up book. A bit overraught in many parts, O'Carroll lost his voice in this in many ways, I think by trying to tie it up. I found the ending a bit maudlin which made Dermot's tale rather unbelievable and dramatic but, hey, go easy on Mr. O'Carroll Sweetman! He told a nice tale in three books. His writing of Irish patois was terrific. I do recommend this if you read the first two but would never declare it could stand on i...more
Sequel to "The Mammy" and "The Chisellers", last book in Mrs. Browne Trilogy. Character development shined; Agnes Browne's children are now grown and each one's path was followed, for the better or worse. The story offered even more intrigue than the previous books. Everything came together, to the point of not being able to put things down. The nonsense & humor was still present along with a little bit of tension and even a few tears. One thing I know: I will never look at a dragonfly again...more
The Granny gains momentum as the family blossoms and goes in different directions.

Agnes Browne, once The Mammy, now finds herself called The Granny!

She takes on the role with her usual good-humor and somewhat naive persona...always full of spunk and quick Irish humor, she is a force to be reckoned with as her children and grandchildren carve out their own lives.

I was a little saddened to turn the last page on this heart-felt and humorous Browne family trilogy....I will miss them!
Highly recommend...more
I think this is the first book I have read by Brendan O'Carroll, and I was pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, this book is the third of a trilogy, which I didn't realize before I started it, so now I'll be reading them out of order. Oh, well. O'Carroll's story-telling is compelling, filled with good humor and many interesting twists, along with the traditional Irish themes of parent/child strife, exile, etc. I will probably read this one again after reading the other two.
I started reading O'Carroll's trilogy towards the end of my mother's long battle with cancer and finished 2 weeks after her death. In between being with her, sleeping and trying to take care of my own family, I needed something uplifting to help keep my sanity. These fast paced, light hearted and very witty books did just that. The fact that I could laugh out loud during this stressful time in my life has me ever so grateful that there are writers like O'Carroll out there!
Terri Tinkel
This was the third book of the trilogy series. It wasn't as humorous as the previous two but it did bring a smile to my face. Almost 20 years have gone by since the first stories began. The family has grown and done well for the most part. Most of the family has come full-circle and confirmed that the love in this family can outlast anything that they encounter. I would recommend all 3 of these books and if you can read them in one weekend; you will enjoy it even more.
I couldn't really get involved with the characters in this book - maybe it would have helped if I had read the first two books in the series. 200 pages just wasn't enough to get to know 6 kids, their families and Agnes. I also couldn't really figure Agnes out - I wanted to think of her as this nice sweet Granny but she was really a tough lady and not all that nice. Maybe I'll have to go back and read "The Chisselers" and "The Mammy" and then re-read "The Granny".
Tammy Lee
This trilogy follows an Irish family, starting with a young widow and her children, their story and struggles, over almost 20 years. Full of humor, triumph, sadness and tragedy, it is a good look at a working class Irish family and their way of life. Most of the family comes full-circle and confirms that the bonds and love in this family can outlast anything that they encounter along the way. All three books were a quick, fun read.
This is the final book in a trilogy. The first two books were "the Mammy" and the "Chisellers." I found the writing to be choppy and abrupt. However, O'Carroll does a good job of continuing on with the characters that we met in the other two books. He presents some very tender moments and some laugh out loud scenarios. I thought the conclusion was handled deftly. A great little series for lighthearted, easy reads.
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Brendan O'Carroll is an Irish BAFTA-winning writer, producer, comedian, author, actor and director. A popular comedian in Ireland since the early 1990s, O'Carroll is best known internationally for portraying the foul-mouthed Irish matriarch Agnes Brown in Mrs. Brown's Boys. O'Carroll has written seven novels, including The Mammy (1994), The Chisellers (1995), The Granny (1996), The Scrapper (origi...more
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