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The Granny

(Agnes Browne #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,931 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
The New York Times Book Review praised Brendan O'Carroll's first novel, The Mammy, as " unpretentious and satisfying as a home-cooked meal...with a delicious dessert of an ending." With the forthcoming second book in the trilogy, The Chisellers, and a movie about The Mammy (entitled Agnes Browne) on the horizon, the world is discovering O'Carroll's uniquely Ir ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Plume Books (first published 1996)
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Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The indomitable Agnes Browne of Dublin is back and continues to be a force of nature in this 1996 conclusion of O’Carroll’s trilogy. Her brood of six children are getting older, moving out, and starting families of their own. We open with the clan assembled at the hospital for the birth of her first grandchild, a happy occasion though the handle “Granny” takes her aback. She will do anything to support her family, but her help often doesn’t quite serve. When her son is worried about his wife’s l ...more
Such an emotional book, extremely different to the show, but I loved it - and the two before it - immensely. It actually made me laugh out loud at some points, before breaking my heart at the very end.
Albus Eugene Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore
una furtiva lagrima …
Da bambino, d’inverno, ero afflitto dai geloni alle mani … “Ecchisenefrega – direte voi – potevi curarti!”. Eh sì, bravi. A quell’epoca gli americani garibaldini-marziani avevano da poco smesso di distribuire tavolette di libertà e … penicillina. No, no, lasciatemi dire. Allora, dicevo i geloni. Mia madre mi faceva immergere alternativamente le mani in due bacinelle, una con acqua caldissima ed una con acqua gelida. Era un tormento, ma serviva a riattivare la circolazione e,
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Alla bellissima Agnes Browne ... Benvenuta, nonna!"

Gran bel personaggio Agnes Browne per chi ha già avuto modo di conoscerla e per chi la incontra per la prima volta in uno dei romanzi di Brendan O'Carroll. Questo è il terzo romanzo della saga di Agnes Browne, proletaria, forte, bella e ormai vedova.
Adesso che è diventata nonna, quasi senza accorgersene, le sue avventure e le sue espressioni popolari non mancano di suscitare il sorriso. Non sarà intelligentissima, ma ha saputo farsi strada dign
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. The best of the trilogy. All three books were incredible but this last one made me laugh and cry like I never have with any other book I've read. Brendan O'Carroll is a wonderfully descriptive writer, taking you right into the family of the story. You feel their pain as well as their joys and celebrations. A fantastic author!
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
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
Nicola Mcfall
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lisa Wilson
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a finale to a great book series! The only thing I don't like is that we will not hear any more about Browne clan. I would have loved to have followed this family for a few more books. O'Carroll has a way of making you actually care about the characters.
Jan 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
An absolutely charming, engaging story of family and the strength of love, written as only an Irishman could.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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!!!
Jul 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
All of these are fun and entertaining
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
Sarà anche diventata nonna, ma Agnes Browne è sempre giovane!
Anche questo ultimo libro è carinissimo! I figli di Agnes se ne vanno di casa (o perché si sposano o perché convivono) a parte Dermot che le creerà qualche problema. I figli sono lontani e ad Agnes pesa avere la casa vuota, ma non si abbatte mai, anzi! Segue le loro vicende da lontano con passione
Agnes si dimostra sempre all' altezza della situazione e, nelle sue scelte si dimostra sempre moderna!
A volte ho riso a crepapelle (pure da s
Book Addict Shaun
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I am feeling quite emotional at reaching the end of this wonderful trilogy of books. I have laughed and I have cried in equal measure reading these books, and the last couple of chapters in The Granny almost turned me into an emotional wreck! Brendan O'Carroll has created characters that you just fall in love with, that each feel incredibly real, each with their own unique personalities. The characters in these books just came alive in my mind thanks to O'Carroll's fantastic dialogue and descrip ...more
Kitty Jay
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Marialuisa Miceli
Quando entri in una storia, qualsiasi essa sia, ti senti totalmente orfana, una volta terminata la lettura, se poi la storia in questione è una splendida saga familiare, ambientata nella Dublino popolare, dei primi decenni del 900, e con una protagonista semplice e eccezionale come Agnes Browne, il senso di vuoto immenso che ti senti dentro è forte.
Non perdi soltanto un romanzo, un altro capitolo di una saga, ma vieni privata delle rocambolesche avventure di una famiglia comune, e cominci a sent
David Savage
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The third book of the Agnes Browne trilogy finds Agnes with an empty-nest as her 7 children are now all grown and living their own lives. Now with more time to herself Agnes is able to indulge in the romance she has been having with her boyfriend Pierre, the charming French pizza shop owner. Agnes blossoms as a woman in love and will hear the cherished word "Granny" as her first grandchild is born. As is usual for Agnes' brood not all is quite so perfect. One child enters into a desperately unha ...more
Fiona Wilson
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2015-reads
The final part of the trilogy and a perfect way to end it, albeit an ending I wasn't expecting.

This book is a lot darker than the first two books. Yes there is still the humour from the author, but the subject matter at times is difficult to read. As a fan of the TV series I see the characters as I'm reading the stories. Due to the subject matter, and in particular the ending, it was difficult to read because the characters weren't doing what I expected them to do based of the series.

I needed to
Apr 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Kimberly Ann
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The final chapter of Agnes Browne's life.

This was much sadder than the first book in the series, but funny none-the-less. heartwarming & heart wrenching all at the same time. I'm still waiting to read The Chiselers, which is the second book in the series and mainly about her sons growing up.

From page 18:
"'Arrow Browne. In school he'll be registered as Browne, Arrow! Good God, it sounds like somethin' a cowboy might find up his arse!' (Agnes).........'Ha, that's great. If he grows up and marr
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ultimo capitolo in ordine cronologico degli eventi della serie. Agnes è ormai diventata nonna e i suoi figli ormai adulti, in realtà la protagonista anche se ci accompagna nello scorrere degli eventi non è più al centro della storia come nel secondo capitolo lo sono i figli. se in quella storia i protagonisti sono mark e Frankie ( oserei dire il bene e il male), in questa la fanno da padroni Dermont e Trevor il primo affonda e poi paino piano risale la china e costruisce per se e per il figlio u ...more
Bonnie McHenry
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
E Sweetman
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: yes, as part of the series, not as a stand alone read
Recommended to E 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
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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

Other books in the series

Agnes Browne (5 books)
  • The Young Wan (Agnes Browne, #0.5)
  • The Mammy (Agnes Browne, #1)
  • The Chisellers (Agnes Browne, #2)
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