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Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walshes is a laugh-out-loud ebook-only short guide to everyone's favourite dysfunctional Irish family. It does exactly what it says on the tin but here's a brief word from its author, Mammy Walsh herself: 'There's this woman I know from bridge, Mona Hopkins, a lovely woman she is, even if I must admit I'm not that keen on her myself, and she said Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walshes is a laugh-out-loud ebook-only short guide to everyone's favourite dysfunctional Irish family. It does exactly what it says on the tin but here's a brief word from its author, Mammy Walsh herself: 'There's this woman I know from bridge, Mona Hopkins, a lovely woman she is, even if I must admit I'm not that keen on her myself, and she said a great thing the other day. I was expecting her to say "Two no trumps," but instead she comes out with a saying about her children. She says, "Boys wreck your house and girls wreck your head." Isn't that a marvellous bit of wisdom - "Boys wreck your house and girls wreck your head!" And God knows it's the truest thing I've heard in a long time. I should know. I have five girls. Five daughters. And let me tell you, my head is wrecked from them. Although, now that I think of it, so is my house . . .' It's the perfect re-introduction to the Walsh family, featured in Marian's bestselling novels about the Walsh sisters, Watermelon, Rachel's Holiday, Angels, Anybody Out There and The Mystery of Mercy Close . Praise for Marian Keyes: 'When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own' Daily Express'Zips along with engaging characters, fabulous plotting and spot-on dialogue. Marian Keyes: what a genius' Daily Mail


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Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walshes is a laugh-out-loud ebook-only short guide to everyone's favourite dysfunctional Irish family. It does exactly what it says on the tin but here's a brief word from its author, Mammy Walsh herself: 'There's this woman I know from bridge, Mona Hopkins, a lovely woman she is, even if I must admit I'm not that keen on her myself, and she said Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walshes is a laugh-out-loud ebook-only short guide to everyone's favourite dysfunctional Irish family. It does exactly what it says on the tin but here's a brief word from its author, Mammy Walsh herself: 'There's this woman I know from bridge, Mona Hopkins, a lovely woman she is, even if I must admit I'm not that keen on her myself, and she said a great thing the other day. I was expecting her to say "Two no trumps," but instead she comes out with a saying about her children. She says, "Boys wreck your house and girls wreck your head." Isn't that a marvellous bit of wisdom - "Boys wreck your house and girls wreck your head!" And God knows it's the truest thing I've heard in a long time. I should know. I have five girls. Five daughters. And let me tell you, my head is wrecked from them. Although, now that I think of it, so is my house . . .' It's the perfect re-introduction to the Walsh family, featured in Marian's bestselling novels about the Walsh sisters, Watermelon, Rachel's Holiday, Angels, Anybody Out There and The Mystery of Mercy Close . Praise for Marian Keyes: 'When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own' Daily Express'Zips along with engaging characters, fabulous plotting and spot-on dialogue. Marian Keyes: what a genius' Daily Mail

30 review for Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family: An Ebook Short

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    I purchased this for 2.99 on the Kindle in anticipation of reading Marian Keyes' newest book, which involved the Walsh family. All of her books stand on their own, but I thought this would be a good refresher. I should have just read the past Walsh book plot summaries on amazon. This was horrible. It was told from the mom's point of view and her "voice" gets terribly annoying. The book was rambling and mostly nonsense. I'll still read the novel of hers I was planning to read, but this story was I purchased this for 2.99 on the Kindle in anticipation of reading Marian Keyes' newest book, which involved the Walsh family. All of her books stand on their own, but I thought this would be a good refresher. I should have just read the past Walsh book plot summaries on amazon. This was horrible. It was told from the mom's point of view and her "voice" gets terribly annoying. The book was rambling and mostly nonsense. I'll still read the novel of hers I was planning to read, but this story was just not worth the time (45 minutes maybe?), let alone the money.

  2. 5 out of 5

    DJ

    I’m not really sure what the point of this was.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    Originally reviewed at: http://www.booksbiscuitsandtea.co.uk/... As a huge fan of both the Walsh family and Marian herself, Mammy Walsh’s A-Z of the Walsh Family was a definite must-read for me. With The Mystery of Mercy Close‘s release day only a fortnight away, Mammy Walsh’s book is perfect for those who – just like myself – are anxiously waiting for Helen’s story. With only 67 pages, the book is not a long read – it’s short enough for you to read in one sitting (curled up in bed, with a cup of Originally reviewed at: http://www.booksbiscuitsandtea.co.uk/... As a huge fan of both the Walsh family and Marian herself, Mammy Walsh’s A-Z of the Walsh Family was a definite must-read for me. With The Mystery of Mercy Close‘s release day only a fortnight away, Mammy Walsh’s book is perfect for those who – just like myself – are anxiously waiting for Helen’s story. With only 67 pages, the book is not a long read – it’s short enough for you to read in one sitting (curled up in bed, with a cup of tea in hand) after a long and exhausting day at work. It’s exactly what the synopsis says – it’s basically an A-Z list of things that are somehow relevant to the Walsh clan, including the five daughters’ relationship with alcohol, Mammy Walsh’s take on fake tan, cooking, eejit sticks (oh, how I wish they were real!), Helen’s shovel list, G-strings, real men and false goodbyes. Mammy Walsh -who, along with Mr Walsh, is one of my favourites from the previous Walsh family books – is such an entertaining character and I’m glad she finally has her own book. It’s quite difficult to talk about it without giving too much away but trust me when I say it’s utterly hilarious. Mammy Walsh’s A-Z of the Walsh Family had me roaring with laughter and reminded me of why I fell in love with Marian’s stories and all the craziness that goes on in the Walsh household all those years ago. Fans of women’s fiction, brace yourselves. Marian is back!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dee DeTarsio

    You'd Be An Eejit Not to Read This Gobshite! Kidding about the heading, it's the only Irish I know. Though I am diligently working the phrase, `taking agin' into my daily speech. (I'm taking agin my family who keeps telling me to knock it off.) Mammy had me when talking about her next-door neighbors, the Kilfeathers: "Lovely people. We are terrific pals, of course. And yet, I find that I very much hate Mrs. Kilfeather." Which makes me love Mammy that much more. "They say the Eskimos have a hundred You'd Be An Eejit Not to Read This Gobshite! Kidding about the heading, it's the only Irish I know. Though I am diligently working the phrase, `taking agin' into my daily speech. (I'm taking agin my family who keeps telling me to knock it off.) Mammy had me when talking about her next-door neighbors, the Kilfeathers: "Lovely people. We are terrific pals, of course. And yet, I find that I very much hate Mrs. Kilfeather." Which makes me love Mammy that much more. "They say the Eskimos have a hundred words for snow, but we Irish seem to have at least a hundred for the state of being intoxicated." Mammy is hilaire, as Helen would say, and is a woman after my own heart in the kitchen, in C is for Cooking. From tales of the Jolly Boys and those hideous Feathery Strokers, (public enemy number one), Mammy and her girls feel like part of the family. From A-Z, we get highlights of all five Walsh girls and their exploits, and Mammy even shares sweet stories about her grandchildren, and by sweet I mean nightmare. (Her word, not mine!) Mammy Walsh is such a superstar. (Does Amazon sell the Eeejit Stick yet?) I applaud her infatuation with Slicers! and the women who wear them. Though I had to Google Padre Pio and Cornetto (stupid American), I laughed aloud at the V is for Vajazzling scene, especially when Mammy can't resist reminding Helen: "When you think about it," I said, happy as you please, "I must have done it at least five times!'" Brilliant! Marian Keyes does the best dialogue on the planet! Thank you, Marian Keyes, I fangirl double-heart xoxo you!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Quick little refresher in prep for starting back up on Marian Keyes again. I Am 2 or 3 behind. Very funny and cute. It reminds us on Mammy Walsh's daughters' characters without spoilers for the books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Claire Allan

    Gobbled up in one sitting - funny, poignant at times and irreverent at others. (Am still laughing at "mammy's" take on erectile dysfunction). This is Marian back on the very top of her game - funny, witty and able to dig deep without you ever realising it until the tears are rolling down your face. And she mentions Luke Costello in it - the sexiest hero in a book EVER. Find myself having to remind myself these characters are not actually real! Roll on the Mystery of Mercy Close.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Siân PJ

    Read in a hour. I would only recommend if you have read the other Marian Keyes books about the Walsh family.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sara Brady

    A fun, short read for any Walsh family fan! $2.99 for the kindle version seems a bit expensive to me for something that can be read in an hour but I'm a big fan and was happy to have one last bit of the Walsh family.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I started reading Marian Keyes about 10 years ago. The first novel that I ever read by her was was Watermelon. That novel introduces you to the family Walsh and the eldest daughter Claire. I completely fell in love with Clarie, her nutty family, and felt for her dealing with having a baby to care for and her husband deciding that he is in love with someone else. In subsequent novels Marian Keyes has updated her readers on the Walsh family in Rachel's Holiday, Angels, and Anybody Out There?. All o I started reading Marian Keyes about 10 years ago. The first novel that I ever read by her was was Watermelon. That novel introduces you to the family Walsh and the eldest daughter Claire. I completely fell in love with Clarie, her nutty family, and felt for her dealing with having a baby to care for and her husband deciding that he is in love with someone else. In subsequent novels Marian Keyes has updated her readers on the Walsh family in Rachel's Holiday, Angels, and Anybody Out There?. All of these novels have focused on one of the Walsh daughters and updates you on the other members of the family. I know that Marian Keyes last Walsh family novel is coming out in a few months so she put together this short novella that provides more in depth details into the Walsh family told by the Walsh girl's mother. I really loved this novella since it updates long-time readers on all of the girls (Claire, Rachel, Margaret, Anna, and Helen) though in Anna's case her update is deliberately left vague. For readers of "Anybody Out There" you know why and I guess in The Mystery of Mercy Close we may finally figure out who Anna is with. However, we are also provided new information that I was happy to read about. I do love all of the A to Z's that she goes into and I cracked up on certain sections such as A is for Alcohol and F is for Feathery Stroker. The novella also allows readers into a sneak peek at "The Mystery of Mercy Close" novel.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bellatrix

    I'm sorry I can't write a good review to this book, because I have read the Walsh Family books in just barely ten days and I have really enjoyed the rest. However, I think this could be left over. It doesn't add information about neither Mammy Walsh nor any other character, not even tells the reader what happened after the fifth book. I could accept this if "Mammy Walsh" was a funny book, or especially entertaining but in my opinion it's not. The reader can get to know the mother Walsh much bette I'm sorry I can't write a good review to this book, because I have read the Walsh Family books in just barely ten days and I have really enjoyed the rest. However, I think this could be left over. It doesn't add information about neither Mammy Walsh nor any other character, not even tells the reader what happened after the fifth book. I could accept this if "Mammy Walsh" was a funny book, or especially entertaining but in my opinion it's not. The reader can get to know the mother Walsh much better through the books about her doughters, because this is only a bunch of "letters" that unknown people write to Mammy Walsh but her answers are empty. If someone really loves the rest and has two hours free to spend, but there is nothing else that you would love to watch or to read, this book is "ok". At least it's very short.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    My favourite author is back and I'm ecstatic. To say I've missed the Walsh family would be an understatement. This is just an extremely funny taster (in preparation for the new book, Mercy Close, which is out on 13 September), and it is literally laugh out loud for most of the book. I just loved it and am so glad Marian is feeling well enough to write her hugely hilarious books. Normal service has been resumed and I for one am over the moon. Brilliant stuff.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lilly Wood

    So I might be a bit biased based on the fact that I once read a Marian Keyes book in one go and now the woman can do no wrong but this was one of the cutest tie-in books ever. I've read Watermelon about a million times and all the other books about the Walsh girls and this is the perfect way to tie everything together if you've not worked it out... I wish it was longer!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Feistykel

    Short and sweet, bloody hilaire.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    DNF Quite boring and it brings nothing to the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Natascha Köster

    Short and not very funny

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anny

    I wanted to read a book by Marian Keyes for ages. Seems like I picked the wrong one to start with. It was the only one in my ebook library with no queue, and for a good reason, I guess. I've never read a single book about the Walsh family, so I felt very excluded, I knew next to nothing about any characters or their personalities. This book isn't even in prose form, it's just a list of short descriptions, you can hardly even call it episodes. I guess that if you're familiar with the family, it m I wanted to read a book by Marian Keyes for ages. Seems like I picked the wrong one to start with. It was the only one in my ebook library with no queue, and for a good reason, I guess. I've never read a single book about the Walsh family, so I felt very excluded, I knew next to nothing about any characters or their personalities. This book isn't even in prose form, it's just a list of short descriptions, you can hardly even call it episodes. I guess that if you're familiar with the family, it makes a bit more sense. I did like the style, but I think I just have to wait in the queue for the other, better books.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chloe (Always Booked)

    Fun :) This was literally Mammy Walsh's thoughts on topics for every letter of the alphabet. It was short, funny, and a great little addition to the series. I wouldn't ever pay more than a dollar or 2 to own it, but I'm glad I read it. Definitely recommend to fans of the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ajanta Rezwana

    I used to be a huge fan of the early Marian Keyes books, especially the ones regarding the Walsh sisters. This particular book, set from the POV of Mammy Walsh, is almost like the ones I loved. Hilarious! Loved it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Cute and funny. Provides a bit of wit and wisdom from the matriarch of the Walsh family. I think the best part of the book was that it inspired me to go back and read the others in the collection. If you haven't read the Walsh books, don't worry about this one but if you have, enjoy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Radford

    When is the hilarious Mammy Walsh going to get her own full novel???

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ane

    Mammy Walsh is the best. She cracks me up, and has done so for all six books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Laughing out loud all the way through.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mia Gillard

    Brilliant!!! Love Marian Keyes her books are amazing and funny, great reads every time. Once I start reading its hard to put down.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dayna McCormick

    At 55 pages this doesn't really count, and I finished the last of the Walsh Family series years ago, but it was fun to check in with them again for a minute.

  25. 5 out of 5

    bellatuscana bellatuscana

    Funny reintroduction to the Walsh sisters.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aurora Shele

    Funny little book. I knew what it was so I wasn't too disappointed but I think a whole new book could have been made for this character.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mollie

    This was a cute little book. I like the creative way that Marian Keyes used the alphabet to describe the Walsh family. I would have liked it to be a little more in-depth, though.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lorena Córdula

    Extremally silly. I expected more, considering the other books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Helen Palmer

    A fun, fast read. Why doesn't Mammy Walsh get her own whole novel?

  30. 5 out of 5

    安娜

    Mildly funny.

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