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Paperback Book Details
  • 01/2019
  • 9781794251526
  • 208 pages
  • $9.95
Ebook Details
  • 01/2019
  • B07MTW1XSJ
  • 222 pages
  • $3.99
Maureen O'Carroll: A Musical Memoir of an Irish Immigrant Childhood

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

Maureen O’Carroll: A Musical Memoir of an Irish Immigrant Childhood vividly brings to life growing up in a large, quirky but ambitious, Irish immigrant family during the Depression and War time in Australia. This enchanting memoir is told through the eyes of the middle child of the ten O’Carroll children, mischievous Maureen, who went on to become an acclaimed cellist. After years of periodic imprisonment in Ireland for their fight for independence, Maureen’s parents immigrated to Sydney, Australia with their large family in 1930. The patriarch, John O’Carroll, sets up in the storefront of their Balmain terrace house a barbershop, The Anchor Hairdressing Salon, which becomes a hub of activity for the locals. Maureen’s mother, May Gahan O’Carroll, an honored participant in the 1916 Irish Uprising, supplements the family’s income with her fortune-telling gifts. Reversing the letters of her last name, she calls herself “Madame Llarraco”. Throughout this colorful memoir infused with Irish history, local politics, Catholicism and the humorous struggles of Depression-era life, music remains a vital theme. It is instrumental in the family rising above their hard circumstances to achieve a better life. Remarkably, all ten children were musicians.
Reviews
NY Times Best-Selling author Jacqueline Sheehan on Good Reads

This is more than a charming Irish memoir. The voice of a spirited young girl sets the perfect tone to deliver Irish history, the determination of a family to make their way into another country, and the importance of music. - NY Times Best-Selling author Jacqueline Sheehan

The Jamaica Gleaner

Story of music and irrespressible Irish immigrant family

The duo’s commendable, uncluttered style carries the narrative easily along, as they choose specifically poignant details, which make for an engaging read. - Jamaica Gleaner

News
04/29/2019
Irish Australian cellist who refused to play Rule Brittania

From IrishCentral

Maureen O’Carroll, born in Sydney of Irish immigrants, refused to play the British patriotic song to honor her Irish Republican parents

05/18/2019
Leora O'Carroll to speak at Marina Del Rey Library in Los Angeles

Leora O'Carroll will speak about her mother's life and the memoir they wrote together - MAUREEN O'CARROLL: A MUSICAL MEMOIR OF AN IRISH IMMIGRANT CHILDHOOD

03/12/2019
Memoir Strikes the Right Note - Inner West Courier

Sydney's Inner West Courier asks author Leora O'Carroll to write about how she and her mother came about doing this book.

04/10/2019
New memoir celebrates life of Irish Australian cellist

From Irish Echo Australia

03/17/2019
The Boulevard Sentinel selects Maureen O'Carroll: A Musical Memoir of an Irish I

The Boulevard Sentinel selects Maureen O'Carroll: A Musical Memoir of an Irish Immigrant Childhood as its St. Patrick's Day pick.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 01/2019
  • 9781794251526
  • 208 pages
  • $9.95
Ebook Details
  • 01/2019
  • B07MTW1XSJ
  • 222 pages
  • $3.99

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