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The Granny

(Agnes Browne #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,175 ratings  ·  178 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
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the sweet and poignant final chapter in the Agnes Browne trilogy. The kids are all grown, and starting families of their own, and poor Agnes has to get used to being called a name she can't stand . . . Granny. Petty squabbles may threaten to pull the group apart, but there's plenty of love and laughter to go around. A satisfying conclusion to a series I'd gladly read again.
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.
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!
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I absolutely loved this series. At times I felt like crying and most of the time I laughed. Highly recommend!
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
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.
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!!!
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.
Jul 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
All of these are fun and entertaining
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 marries
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic ending to a fantastic trilogy. Admittedly, I didn't find this book as funny as the previous two, but what it lacked in humour it made up for with such a touching and heartfelt story. Even though it's a bit cliche, all the storylines in this book come full circle by the end and make for a wonderful, albeit bittersweet, finale.

The blurb at the back of my copy of this book calls it: 'a story full of living, earthy humour and great characters' and I agree wholeheartedly with it! Th
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an emotionally wrought series of books. I laughed out loud, I cried, I worried about her kids. The first book was the funniest but, life happens and raising 7 children alone is not all fun and games. Although I'm not from Ireland, I did grow up the fifth of six kids in an Irish Catholic family in the sixties and saw bits of my own family, friends and relatives in these stories. I felt I knew Agnes and her brood and laughed and cried through their adventures. And that ending...I will be thin ...more
Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: irish
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.
Mar 16, 2009 rated it liked it
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".
May 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Tammy Lee
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: irish-lit
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.
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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)
  • Agnes Browne: Agnes Browne mamma; I marmocchi di Agnes; Agnes Browne nonna; Agnes Browne ragazza (Agnes Browne, #0.5-3)

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