M for Mammy
Eleanor O’Reilly

‘Heart-breaking, heart-warming and hilarious . . . a glorious debut’
Ruth Hogan, best-selling author of The Keeper of Lost Things

‘A heartfelt debut about love, understanding and the complicated ties of family’ 

‘Channelling the warm heart and good cheer of Marian Keyes’
Irish Independent

‘Lovely, sharp, compassionate, well-observed writing’
Felicity Hayes-McCoy, author of the Finfarran series

Meet the Augustts: a loving, Irish family who, like all families, are a bit complicated.

They are bound together by their love for each other, but each expresses themselves in a very different way. When misfortune strikes the family, they must learn to understand each other anew. Sometimes, in a family as complicated as the Augustts, it’s not always what is spoken that makes the most sense.

Everything is shaken up when Granny Mae-Anne moves in and takes charge. A force of nature, full of stern words and no-nonsense common sense, it is she who must try and hold the family together.

M for Mammy is an uplifting story about the unique comfort of home, the language we can find when the words aren’t there, and the power of a family to heal itself.

Eleanor O’Reilly is a teacher of English and Classical Studies in Co. Wexford who has just completed an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Having first started writing five years ago, she has received several literary prizes, including the 2015 RTE Francis McManus Radio Short Story Award and the 2013 William Trevor International Short Story Award, and has been shortlisted for several others, including the 2016 Colm Tóibín Literary Award.

She lives in a small town on the east coast of Ireland with her husband and daughter.


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