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Room For A Single Lady

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
To Eugene Rafferty, girls are like money - they have to be saved. Despite living in 1950s Dublin, his three daughters, Bridie, Kitty and Rose, seem doomed to a Victorian childhood. However, as fortunes decline the Rafferty's are forced to take in lodgers and these independent but eccentric outsiders introduce the girls to new experiences - sex and superstition, of spite, o ...more
Published August 20th 1998 by Abacus
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Feb 06, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you shouldn't judge a book by the blurb on the cover - or the synopsis from book sites. It would be very easy to pick this up and read... 'Ireland, in the 50s, a poor family, making ends meet'... and assume that it's going to be all gloom and doom, with a brutal father, a brow beaten mother and some poor whimpering children.
Well, think again. I was delighted by this wonderfully written novel. It made me laugh out loud so many times at the escapades of the family.
With a father who is qu
Oct 13, 2010 Kerry rated it it was ok
Well looky here...a story about a poor Irish family. (you'll stop me if you've heard this one before...). The premise lays itself out pretty simply...they po’ so they're renting out a spare room to single ladies bc no one liked it so they didn't put a ring on it. (oh f me I just quoted Beyonce. Someone find me a shotgun to eat)

Moving on w less dignity than I had before (which I never knew was possible), Boylan from the start is a decent writer but her choice of prose doesn't always suit my palat
Jun 09, 2015 Debby rated it really liked it
It was one of the books that I did not want it to end .It transported me to that period .All the hardships had a haze over them that made it light ,to be accepted as part of life .Liked the choice of family that is portrayed in the book.They came alive for me .
Oct 24, 2012 Jane rated it it was ok
Quite a witty and funny tale. Eugene, the father is work shy, although according to him work is not out there! Yet, he will not entertain the thought of his wife going out to work hence they struggle to put food on the table. They rent a room but this is not without fraught incidents and problematic lodgers. The overprotective Rafferty's advertise for a single lady but when this brings in young women looking for love, they narrow it down even more. The growing daughters are to be kept in childho ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Nicole rated it it was ok
OK. Odd writing style. Maeve Binchey she ain't.
Jan 20, 2014 Ifeyinwa rated it it was ok
Very descriptive. As seen from the eye of a child. It was ok.
Mar 27, 2009 Barbara rated it really liked it
I look upon this book as a series of short stories woven together by a room to let in an Irish home. It was a very entertaining read. I have never seen this author before and would seek out further books by her.
Jun 04, 2011 Mary rated it did not like it
Gave up after 50 pages
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