Interviews and Readings

Click on the link below to listen to Martha Long reading an extract from  Ma, I’m Gettin Meself A New Mammy

75 Responses to “Interviews and Readings”

  1. Lorraine Henshaw June 1, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    Martha,

    I have read both of your books (haven’t managed to be able to listen to the interview yet) and I can honestly say that I was holding my breath for the duration. I have Irish descendents and have visited the country on many occasions, but never had I read about such abject cruelty, until I read your life story.

    I was already aware that cruelty in the institutions (Christian Brothers, technical schools etc.) was rife, but I had always thought this was confined purely to the institutions, I guess if it had been then there might never have been any need for you to go into such places.

    Having grown up an only child and now the mother of one son, I can’t even begin to imagine what life must have been like for you – dragging yourself up and also having to rear your siblings.

    I just really wanted to say that I have taken heart from your story, I was really moved by the way you came out of the other side…and with a smile. I really hope that you fulfilled your dream of becoming a nurse, I think you have the love and compassion within you to help those less fortunate (although God himself only knows how that could be, with all that you have been through).

    God Bless you, Martha, and may He watch over you and your family.

    Much love.

    Lorraine

    • Nicola & Kathleen June 17, 2009 at 7:11 pm #

      Dear Martha my mum an I have read your books an there was many aday it was all we talked about. I feel that i know you but there is so much more i want to know. Please let there be a third we just want to seehow you got on an from hareing a little of your interview you are happy which is really all that counts. There is one thing that really annoyes me poor Charlie ??? I put your name into Facebook then decided on google just wanted the chance to leave you a message. I think your a fantastic woman an author for coming through the years that should be filled with love an happiness in the cruel way you did. Thank you an hope this finds you well
      Nicola xx

    • michael March 5, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

      Lorraine
      How weird Martha does not mention the Christian Brothers.I know many people from te Christian Brothers and they got excellent education.Also those educated in convents never seem to spend any money because they have noting to spend it on. People educated by the nuns are always better off. You seem not to have learned anything from her experiences.

      • louise August 3, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

        michael what era do you come from have you not read the news lately about how children have suffered through the hands of nuns and christian brothers

    • Meg August 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

      Martha I think you are one of the most inspirational women I have ever come across. I admire you and your spirit.
      xx

  2. John McCormick June 1, 2009 at 7:32 pm #

    Dear Martha,

    I can barely believe that you went thru all those experiences and came out of them alive! The human spirit is certainly very resilient.

    Did that monster (whose name I can’t bring myself round to even saying) ever face the consequences of his behaviour? What became of your mother & siblings? (if you don’t mind me asking).

    Has your experience caused you to lose faith in God?

    Hope you have time to read & respond to this e-mail.

    Kind regards,

    John

  3. lorna June 4, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    Hi martha, i feel like you are a friend of mine through reading your book, i am so sorry for the life you had. Words cannot begin to say how sorry i am but, amazingly you came through and out the other end, i have not read your second book yet will i will be soon.

    i just wanted to somehow speak to you and typed your name into google and here i am. i hope you are safe and well take care Lorna xx

  4. olga o'neill June 6, 2009 at 11:51 pm #

    Hi Martha,

    I have read both your books.I can not believe what you went through,how could anyone be so cruel to a poor innocent child.I would love to know how you are doing today.Cant wait to read the next book.

    take care
    olga o’neill

  5. Shona June 12, 2009 at 8:36 pm #

    Martha…..

    Im always popping on to this site, roll on 3rd September to I get to read your 3rd book, mite even take the day of work so that I will have no distractions, lol!

    I have listened to your interview and admire your honesty. I cant begin to understand what you are going through just to tell the world your story.

    I missed your interview in Prima, so I pestered a nice lady at the Prima office via e-mail (im from n.ireland) to see if I could get my hands on it and thanks to her kindness, received it 1st class post the next day. Finally a picture to place with the story!

    Read your first 2 books the minute they came out, so it has been nearly a year waiting on the 3rd.Read both of them twice.

    Martha, where is Charlie? I hope he is well. He was another innocent child like urself in all this, not to mention your other siblings.

    All the best, Shona

  6. Rose September 5, 2009 at 10:54 pm #

    I have just read this book and like everyone else, could not put it down.
    I am a mother, and would have taken you and Charlie home with me if I had met you. I cannot understand your Mum not putting her children ahead of her own pleasures.

    I would love to submit this book for reading to my book club and unfortunately you have no questions set up for discussion. if you could supply me with a few questions that i can submit to the group i would be so grateful. I know the girls will all love, love, love this book and there is so much to talk about I don’t know where to begin. please help me out.

    Everyone should read this book and realize how lucky they are.
    I am on my way now to the book store to get your second, can hardly wait to get my nose in the pages.

    All the best to you and your family.
    I will never forget you.

    • Rose November 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

      Who will tell us what happened to Martha and Charlie and the sad family who had blood ties to that terrible beast who called himself a father.

  7. Joy Humphries September 10, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    Martha,

    Words cannot express the emotions I felt after reading your first book. Deep sadness and anger mostly at the neglect, but mostly I too felt inspired that one little soul can endure so much heartache and pain and still be such a loving soul. It makes me appreciate even more my own children and has firmly reinforced in me, my belief, that family (children) come first. That is, first before God, country and if need be (as in your story) husband.

    The book was lyrical to read, captivating with a beautiful innocence. Thank you Martha, for letting us see into your private world at a true survivor.

  8. Lorna September 12, 2009 at 9:40 pm #

    Hi again Martha, i have just read your third book.
    i had waited patiently for it for a couple of months, and you did not let me down, thank you again for sharing your difficult life with us and give hope to those suffering similar things that there is hope for them. you truly are an inspiration and your outlook even when things were difficult beyond belief you never gave up is amazing, i hope life is good. love to you martha x x

  9. Maureen Barras September 17, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    17 September
    Australia
    Martha,
    I cry for you while I am reading your books. I have just finished your 3rd book which has just been release in Australia and I am waiting with impatients for the next edition, how cruel your life was and how amazing you have overcome all. Please another book hopefully not far away I am anciously waiting to see what happens next. Hopefully a steady job after freezing and sleeping on a bus. God is good, he never let you go. You are my inspiration

  10. marie lavery September 21, 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    omg just read 3rd book !!!!
    Very very good but still leaves u hanging on!!!!
    i really hope there is still more to come the suspense is killin ma ……
    so any way please please tell me there is more to come !!! there just simply has to be….
    thanx

  11. Maree Tycho September 25, 2009 at 7:29 am #

    Hi Martha i have just finished your 2nd book. you are an amazing person, i have bought the 3rd book and will be reading asap. With all you have been through i could not believe what a sense of humour (LOVED IT) i can relate with some of the thoughts you had of people. Best to think it but not say it. I know i will be buying a 4th book PLEASE say im right.

    Maree (Australia)

    • liz May 20, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

      ure story was fantastic

  12. Fionna October 16, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    Dear Martha,

    I have just finished your second book and have ordered the third straight away! My whole heart goes out to little Martha for all she had to indure. If I could only go back in time and pick her up and take her home I surely would!(giving a few fe**ers a good kick on the way) I sincerely hope you found your happiness and that your heart remains full for the rest of your life. I’m finding it hard to tell you how you and your story will be forever stuck in my heart, I’ve read some of your other letters and we all feel the same way. It must feel very strange for you as all us strangers want to be your friend but you let us into your heart and I thank you for that. Your kindness, braveness and devilment has educated me in a purely positive way and I thank you with my whole heart. Looking forward to going the next bit of the journey with you!! xxxx Fionna

  13. Leslie Roberts. October 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    I am just about finished the second Book. You were a very inspirational girl, I hope other people realise how lucky they were. Those who had a Mammy and Daddy, No matter how bad we thought we were trated, It was heaven on Earth towards your Life Martha. Keep up the Good work you are a marvelous woman Martha Long. God Bless and Take good care of Yourself, Regards Leslie

  14. lynda oconnor October 26, 2009 at 4:48 am #

    dear martha,ive just finished your third book and like the two previous books its left me wanting to know more about your life.iloved every minute of it and to me a good book makes you laugh ,cry and leave you wounderying and you do all that with the story of your life.i really hope you bring out another book as i would love to know how you got on after being left out in the cold with no where to go, god i cant even think of how hard it was for you,all the very best to you martha ,you really are an inspiration.lynda originally from dublin living in perth australia xxxx

  15. Chantal Mc kenna January 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    I have today finished your first book and must say it has left a very strong impression- I felt that I needed to know more of your life, how you fared at the “convent” and of course what becomes of Jackser and Ma,Charlie and the childre. What a devastating life experience you endured.The story could well have been too miserable to complete if it had not been for three things; firstly and most obviously, your remarkable wit and secondly the glorious language of the Irish. I discovered my Australian brain reading with an Irish accent and revelling in phrases such as ” I’m not here for the good o’ me heath” and” she’d shoot her mammy just te go on the orphans’ outin!” Thirdly the tenacious will to survive, overcome and conquer the circumstances that would deaden most at such a tender age only inspires and trivializes my own challenges.
    I am excited to learn of two further novels which I hope will answer my queries regarding your road to freedom and the events that lead to the (hopeful) liberation of your siblings.
    But the biggest question is; how can one ever put such trauma behind oneself?
    This I asked myself throughout the entire book.
    Congratulations Martha,you are an amazing character and an inspiration.
    In awe, Chantal.

  16. Lisa Mcleay February 17, 2010 at 2:32 am #

    Wow…..I have just finished reading your last book “ma, its a cold aul night and i’m lookin for a bed” I havent been able to put all 3 of your books down and I cant wait to see what has happened to you and if you are happy.
    You have endured extreme abuse at the hand of those who should have protected you and I so hope you have found the love and happiness you deserve. Cant wait for you next book.

    Does anyone know if Martha has been interviewed in any form of the media, and how do we get photo’s.

    Lisa

  17. Laura Whelan February 18, 2010 at 1:24 am #

    Martha i absaloutly love reading your books im only 13 and i always wonder how your still alive ..it makes me realise how peoples lives are not as bad as they could have been and i feel how you felt when i am reading ever line.I really think you should make a movie because i think that evryone would see how you felt. i actually read the books backwards ..i read ma its a cold aul night and im looking for a bed and i read it in a week.and i saw that you had another book called ma he sold me for a few cigarettes and i am reading that one now i and i love it i am on page 301 and i cannot put it down and i started it 4 days ago and tomorrow im buying the other book ma im gettin meself a new mammy .Can you please do a book signing? i really want to meet you your my faveourite autor now.I love you martha :] can you make a book of your life now? i would love to hear about it please email me back..Thankyou..

  18. michael March 6, 2010 at 12:07 am #

    Martha
    I have always wondered about Dublin life as I grew up in Ireland myself but in the West. James Joyce’s books about the Dubliners is not a patch on these ones.That bus must have been cold witout blankets and in winter. I hope to see more of your books.

  19. una sweeney March 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    god of all mighty i read all three books and im just so ingulfed in her life. i just cant wait to read number 4 book ma , im locked up in the madhouse. im going to pre order it on amazon. when i first read book one i cried .my brother-in-law started reading it one weekend he was staying with us and he couldnt put the book down all weekend. then he found book 2 and book 3 and im just after finding book 4 so im sorry to say get a move on and publish book 4 as i cant read any other book as i just cant get into the . its like you know when you havnt finished a book and someone gives you another book and you just cant even read the first page because you konw the book your reading is not finished. so please martha keep pushing your publishers and buy the way your writing skills are fantastic.

  20. Brandi March 13, 2010 at 11:41 pm #

    I LOVE all of your books Martha!! I have all 3 and am dying to know if there’s going to be a 4th!! By the looks of ‘Una Sweeney’s’ reply (above mine) there is going to be a 4th book!! ‘Ma, I’m Locked Up in the Madhouse’ I’m sooo excited!!! I went to Amazon to pre-order, but they’re not listing it!! Is there a publication date???

  21. k.ndy March 15, 2010 at 1:41 am #

    hi, martha,
    what an inspiration u r to all of us.
    i loved readin the 2 books coulnt put them down.
    what a fighter u were and well done to u against tht b******.
    what happened to ure brotheres n sisters?
    cant wait for next boo

  22. k.ndy March 15, 2010 at 1:45 am #

    hi, martha,
    what an inspiration u r to all of us.
    i loved readin the 2 books couldnt put them down.
    what a fighter u were and well done to u against tht b******.
    what happened to ure brothers n sisters?
    cant wait for next book?!
    i really have changed my view of life after reading them books. i would love to meet u, i am reading the 2nd book for a 2nd time as i missed 1st book but dont ever want them to end (not in a bad way as in u gettin abused, just loved ure sense of humour and ure strength and out look on life, oh and the love for ure siblings! i live in cavan and love every bit of the books cant wait for next one xxxx

  23. Sandra April 1, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    Hiya Martha!

    I’ve just finished reading the 3rd book and can’t wait for the next chapter in your life. I’m hoping that Jackser gets his comeuppance, that man was an animal for what he did to you!!! How you survived to tell the tale, god only knows. I hope you eventually found the love and happiness that you deserve. I agree, i think a film of your life story would be fantastic! God Bless you Martha, you’re an inspiration to us all! xxx

  24. Lesley April 20, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    I’ve just finished reading the 1st book … It made me laugh it made me cry i couldnt put it down it was amazing . You are an amazing human being ..
    I’ve just orderd the 2nd book and can’t wait for it to come

    God Bless you

  25. Marcia McGuinness April 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    Hi Martha,

    Thank you so much for writing these amazing books.

    Like many of the other comments, I could not put your books down.

    You are an inspiration to us all, I cannot wait for the next one to be released and hope that you have found that bowl of cherries. I just cannot believe that there was nobody there for you and Charlie needed them most.

    I have spent my entire career working with children who have gone through similar experiences to you, and hope that I have always been there for them, I just wish you had been one of them children.

    Lots of Love Marcia x

  26. sandra May 9, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    Hi, im so glad there are other people out there that are loving the books as much as me- my nana gave me the first book by chance and now it has become a family obsesion with us all passing the first 3 boks around and talking non stop about them. We too feel like we know martha and cannot wait for the next book. When i and most of my (cousins, aunts, mother and nana) read the books we have finished it the next day ! cannot put it down! I can see what people are saying when they say they want to know what happens at the end most of all with charlie!But wed have nothing to look 4ward too Just hope all the poor bairns grew up happy and healthy and with as much of a positive outlook as martha xxxxxxxxx
    Best books i have ever read and i thank martha for sharing her storys

  27. sandra May 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

    s scott
    23 edinburgh

  28. Linda June 25, 2010 at 4:01 am #

    I was to scared to pick up the book and keep reading and to scared not to. It was so gut wrenching. I remember reading Angela’s Ashes and the words within that said “their is nothing poorer than a Poor Irish Catholic”. I remember a time here in Australia, before there were Single Parent Pensions, and the poverty of some families, but i cannot remember such brutality that occurred to Martha Long in Dublin. People talk of the good ole days, but really they weren’t that good for many and people these days don’t realize how lucky they are

  29. paula roberts August 1, 2010 at 11:41 pm #

    dearest martha. plese please lt us all know what happened when youxxxxx got of that cold bus. you are a great wowan. xxxx

  30. brigid woods August 29, 2010 at 3:28 am #

    hi martha what a great book i have just read and have just ordered the second and third hope you are well and your family too brigid belfast

  31. Fleur September 2, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    Martha, I came across your 1st book purely by accident. I was pregnant with my third child. When i went to the counter to pay for it, the woman behind the counter said if your a mother this book will hit you very hard. I couldn’t put the book down. My husband even commented on how much of a good book it must of been cause i was moved by it so much. I would cry, get angry and even have it in my thoughts throughout the different chapters. When times were really tough for you all i wanted to do was take you and keep you safe and show you the love you needed with lots of hugs, love and care. I really found it hard to understand how your mother could neglect you in that way. It made me want to be a better mother to my three sons and continue to tell each of them how much i love them every day. When i finished your book it left me wondering what happened to you, Charlie, your other siblings, Jackser and your ma? Thankyou for having the strength to share your story with me.

  32. Fleur September 2, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Martha, I came across your 1st book purely by accident. I was pregnant with my third child. When i went to the counter to pay for it, the woman behind the counter said if your a mother this book will hit you very hard. I couldn’t put the book down. My husband even commented on how much of a good book it must of been cause i was moved by it so much. I would cry, get angry and even have it in my thoughts throughout the different chapters. When times were really tough for you all i wanted to do was take you and keep you safe and show you the love you needed with lots of hugs, love and care. I really found it hard to understand how your mother could neglect you in that way. It made me want to be a better mother to my three sons and continue to tell each of them how much i love them every day. When i finished your book it left me wondering what happened to you, Charlie, your other siblings, Jackser and your ma? Thankyou for having the strength to share your story with me. I hope sharing your pain has helped you to heal.

  33. Sandra Worrall September 21, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    Martha
    I have just read your 4th book Ma, Now I’m goin Up In The World, I could not put it down.
    Please can we know what happened to your Mother, siblings and ‘him’
    Also how many children do you have? in one book you dedicated it to your firstborn and in the next you mention 3 other children,
    How has your life go to where you are now?
    I cannot wait to read about it, your life story has touched my heart.
    Kind regards Sandra

  34. Caroline Thom (Stockport, UK) October 14, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    Dear Martha,
    You are are true inspiration to me and I admire your strength in everyway. I can’t wait to read your sequel to “Ma he sold me for a few cigarettes”. I love it when you say ‘that bandy ole b***ard’, its so funny. I would love to meet you, you have a great sense of humour and a great soul XXX

  35. BarbaraParks November 16, 2010 at 11:45 pm #

    Dear Martha

    I read all your 4 Books and i was hooked with your incredable and so sad Journey.I could not put them down.U have my most respect what u had to go through.Its unbelievable what u have achieved.I hope there will be more books to tell us if u ever found joy and so well deserved Happiness in your Life?I live in Dublin myself and i hope to get to meet you some Day so i can tell u what a wonderful and inspirational woman you are.

    My regards,Best wishes and God bless you

    Barbara Parks

  36. susan December 10, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    martha ive just read ma, he sold me for a few cigerettes. you are an amazing women and a fine example of the human spirit. my mother died when i was 19 and im 42 now and i miss her every day ive always know how lucky i was to have her, but after ready your book i realise just how lucky. you are a guiding light in the world. may god walk beside you always. your story will stay with me forever.

    susan

  37. dave February 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Martha i have read all your books , and they were just brilliant. The problem now is i need more Martha Long as its just like a drug, i need to know how she is doing at the convent. When can i expect the next book. The reason ineed to know this is once you get to know Martha she becomes part of your life. While i wait for the next book life is rather boring and empty. Please let me know when i can expect the next book and if you will be doing signings as imissed the last book signings. Thank you for allowing Martha into my life and i am quite sure the lives of a lot of people. She is so precious to me and has brought every emotion i have to the surface at some stage or other in those books. Thank you so much and good luck and unending happiness for the future.

  38. Jackie Roberts March 13, 2011 at 3:40 am #

    Hi Martha,

    I am halfway through your third book. You really do show how anyone can get over any obstacles in life, it’s wonderful to see where you are now, and relate it to myself when I’m reading one of your books.. The little girl always said she’d make something of herself one day and she did….

    Both my parents are gone now, and even though my family left Yorkshire when I was 3, and even though we’re not Irish, some of your comments truly make me miss my mam & dad, as they used words that aren’t common in Aust. Like when watching Coronation St too..haha.

    Looking forward to make a start on the 4th of your books, which I have in my bookshelf, and hope that there’ll be a fifth one day soon,
    You are truly an inspiration to all,

    Jackie from Mathinna Tasmania.

  39. grainne gavin March 19, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    hi martha i am no diffrent then any boy else writing these comments but i dnt think u want symapathy as the martha we know gets up n gets going but if i ever meet u in my life time it would be to give u such a big hug and a cup of teain bewleys!!1b ill be pying 😀 lol. but i will say ireland has a terrible history to child neglect….. and i want to say thank you for opening ppls eyes to what a horrible country this place can be to the unfortante xxx

  40. Teresa from Queensland, Australia April 26, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Dear Martha

    I have just finished reading your first book which was lent to me by a friend. Unlike a lot of the readers above, I frequently had to put your book down and take my time reading it because I found it so gut wrenching, shocking and moving. I was determined to finish it as I wanted the valuable insight you have so generously given to those of us blessed with parents who give their children love and security, no matter what their circumstances. Your book should be mandatory reading for all those who judge young people and adults who have come through such horrific childhoods and are not as resilient as yourself. Like other readers, I grew to love that little girl with an ache in my heart as the book progressed: for the love and care she so generously gave to her siblings regardless of the treatment she received; her intelligence; her strength – physically, mentally and emotionally; her pain; her despair; her exhaustion; her wit; her moving reactions to simple things like a bath, a warm bed, a warm and clean room, a gentle touch, a bowl of food cooked with love, etc; her desire for peace; and her determination to survive her childhood and make a better life for herself. Thank you for enriching my life by letting me into the mind of a child born to such desperate circumstances. I can only stand back and admire your strength. I wish you all the best and I will never, ever forget your story.

    Teresa, Ormiston, Queensland, Australia

  41. Kenny Cat April 27, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    Dear Martha,

    I have read a few memoirs,from various authors,none was as great as yours.

    Besides having such an amazing story to tell, you are a gifted writer!your writing style is unique and brillant, you are SO talented.

    You give us a great lesson about courage, and you are an example to me.the way you are telling your story,about your going through so much strife, without an ounce of self pity, is really inspiring!I admire you both as a person and as a writer.

    Also I used to live in Ireland and I really miss Dublin, but when I read your novels I am transported straight back there. I really liked how you wrote the whole story with the accent. I just can hear your Irish voice when I read and you taught me lots of great funny Irish slang words too!

    I do hope you will keep writing lots of books. You just can’t give up writing when you are so talented 🙂

    take care, and thanks for sharing your story with us! YYou wrote one of these stories that stay with you long after you’ve read them.

    xxx (an aul French one)

  42. Christina Simmonds April 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Hey Marths,
    I have been an avid fan of your books for such a long time, and i get so excited each time i see that there is a new one coming out, so i can read about the next chapter of your life.
    Unfortunately there is not a lot of information about you and your books out there and i struggle to find out about there order, particularity with ‘Ma, i’m locked up in the mad house’. Is this the fifth book? Because i have read the other four, but it seems to be a real effort to get them here in Australia. I do hope there are many more to come and you are able to get your story out there.
    Yours,
    Christina (Melbourne, Australia)

  43. Heather July 15, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    hello,
    i want to do martha’s first book in our book club. are there any guides/questions available?

    kind regards, Heather

  44. Jackie Lee August 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    Marta these are the best books i have read for a long time i have just finished Ma im going up in the world and i cant wait till September for the next one , what a great woman you are i feel like i know you after reading your books and if i ever get to see you i would love to give you a big hug god bless you Marta

  45. In Duyn August 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Dear Martha, I, m from holland, live in Roscommon, I just love your books, sometimes it makes me cry, special when you had to leave your brother by the busstop, he was in rags, no home, skinny, I felt the lonelyness of him.
    Keep it up, I love you, Ina Duyn

  46. Cyndy Gallagher October 8, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Dear Martha

    I have read all your books. While I was reading the first one I was so upset at the abuse you suffered. There were times I cried for you all and times I was nearly physically sick. As a mother of three I could not even begin to understand them having to live a life like that. That little girl deserved to be heard by us all. She was a gorgeous, spunky child who grew up to be a gorgeous, spunky woman.
    I hope you and all your siblings are living happy lives now. I hope there will be a sixth book to come.

    Kind regards
    Cyndy Gallagher

  47. Rene October 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Hi Martha,Im a 60 year old lady from Dublin,I have read all your books,and i just couldnt put them down,I feel your an inspiration to other women,and people who didnt get a good start in life.I love your Dublin humour,and the way you express yourself,I could relate to you being from Dublin myself.Best of luck for the future,All the best me ole girl ..

  48. margie peddie October 16, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    hi martha i have read all your books just finished ive got meself locked up in the madhouse there all so good you made me laugh and cry i really hope theres another one soon i really want to read that you found true happiness.

  49. belinda tomkins November 11, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    dear martha. may i just first say a job well done!!!
    i have never in my life read a book (let alone 5 books) from cover to cover in such record time.
    i recently stumbled across Ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes by accident, i was mesmarised by this book, i couldnt put it down, the day i finished the book i went on to buy your other books and had even ordered the last book ma, i got meself locked up in the mad house from america as it still isn’t due to be released in australia yet from a store online. I together with my mother, duaghter, sister and a friend have since been hooked. we have all had to go out and purchase our own books as we were all too inpatient to wait for each other to finish reading one of your books before we could meove onto the next book.
    please please please tell me that you will be writing a 6th book?? we i got to the last 2 pages i jumped up and down with excitement, i would love to know how your life went on.
    today we still all ring each other up and talk about a part of your books and think man, how could someone do that to their child, or laugh at the mischief that you got up too. such an inspiring writer, best books i have ever read!!!

    Belinda, Wollongong, australia 🙂

  50. Kay Cook-margrett February 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    You are a complete inspiration, and i absolutely loved all your books, will there be another one after ‘Ma i;ve got meself locked up in the madhouse’? I’m on the last chapter and will be sad to finish the book, they are all so heart wrenching yet filled with strength and will!and a bundle of laughs in parts too! Any one who thinks they have had it hard should read your books!

    Kay

  51. Temple Flowers March 19, 2012 at 5:21 am #

    xo

  52. Temple Flowers March 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    I finished reading Ma I’ve got myself locked up in the madhouse earlier this afternoon & I wept tears of joy & said “Thank you Martha you have been a good friend” Thank You again Martha ,may God Bless you for having the courage to share your story with all of us. I have learnt so much from you.
    I too had a troubled up’bringing & turned to writing to help me make sense of it all. You have inspired me more so than any other author I have ever read & I do read quite a lot,mostly autobiographies of ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary obstacles as I am still trying to find a way to write my own story & I haven’t yet found my voice & developed my own style.
    Your books are unique & so well written & I enjoyed them so much & I get very sad when they end, but I am delighted I only have to wait till spring(I live in Australia) before I can read your adventures into,what I hope turned out to be true love.
    You are a truly remarkable women & I have never posted anything on the internet before but today I really did need to Thank you from the bottom of my heart..I wish you all the very best. Please do consider coming to Australia to autograph copies of your next book you have many fans here who would love to meet,especially me.
    Temple Flowers

  53. laura May 11, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    im only starting to read the 4th book ma i’ve got meself locked up in the mad house but really wanna kno what happened after the 3rd book as she has skipped it cous she thinks its too personal! ;( does any1 kno did she did?? i hope when i keep reading it tellsme but the start said she skipped it as it was a dark place ;(

  54. Sophie N izam May 11, 2012 at 5:28 am #

    Hi Martha

    I have just finished your 5th Book Ma Im locked up in a mad house and was wondering if that was your last? I would so love to meet you one day!! I live in Australia and am visiting Dublin for the very first time in August 2012.
    I am your biggest fan.

    All my love and all the very best to you.

  55. Irene June 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Martha,
    I have also read all 5 books, absolutely brilliant read, God Bless ye, and was wondering? if there is going to be another Ma book?

  56. Holly June 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Hi Martha

    I just want to tell you how brave you are im about to read your third book and i just want to tell you your an inspiration for anyone who was in your situation and you made me cry but your were so, you never gave up and i want to say thank you for being you and havimg hopes and dreams.

    You gave us all hope!!

    Im your biggest fan and you are an inspiration
    Thank You again

    Holly Jenimez

  57. Barb June 12, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    I too was hooked on your books as well, sould not put them down. I was never a big reader but have recently given TV the flick & loving it. I have read all 5 books in 2 months, and as I couldn’t get hold of the second one (I live in Australia), I went out & bought myself a Kindle, the best thing I’ve ever done. I hope you have a 6th book coming out, I am very curious to know what happened in Paris 🙂
    All the best Martha, & thankyou for sharing your journey
    Barb (Horsham, Vic, Aust)

  58. frogmarched July 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Martha, I abs love your books, I am 59 years old and can relate to your stores. I cannot wait to see what happened when you got to France. Please let me know when new releases will becoming available.

    best wishes,

  59. jan mosey July 18, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    Dear Martha,
    I love all the books you have written and am onto ” I got meself locked in the mad house”.
    Thanks again I really want ot know all about what has hapened to all your family it has been a rivetting and emotionally challenging read.
    jan ( sydney, Aust)

  60. Jackie November 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Hi Martha,
    I was wondering and hoping that you may be coming to Ireland again for a Book signing or a meet & greet ? I love your books, however, my mother adores you and your books. She has them all and thinks that you are an inspiration and deserve all the happiness in the world. She would love to meet you and if I thought for a second you would be in Ireland I’d pay for my mother to go and see you. It would make her day, her year even 🙂 I hope to hear from you soon. Best Wishes.
    Jackie

  61. Gail November 4, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    Dear Martha,

    I have read all 6 of your ‘Ma’ books. Just finished your latest this week. You share so much of your life with your readers. I had no idea that life was so bad in the 1950’s in Dublin. Your autobiography is an eye opener for your readers. Thank you for sharing it with us. I am looking forward to your next book and I am hoping it will reveal that you have found the love and happiness you have been searching for. You are an inspiration to everyone. You show ‘where there is a will there is a way to accomplish anything’. Wishing you health, love and happiness for you and your children. Thank you.
    Gail (Australia)

  62. chan February 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    is there going to be a 7th book. does she marry sergei if not who does she have children too im so curious i just finished the 6th book and i hated how martha and ralph ended up going their separate ways please please let there be another book 🙂

    • administrator August 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

      Your wish is granted. Ma, Jackser’s Dyin’ Alone coming out next month. The 7th and final book in the Ma series. Come to the launch if you’re anywhere near London or Dublin.

  63. Lucy Najm March 22, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Dearest Martha,
    You are a warrior for God. I believe when a Soul is strong like yours, the opposition sends all it can to destroy it. You are evolved enough to still remain powerful and loving. I really love you Martha. You teach us to be stronger, to be ourselves, to be honest, brave, to appreciate what we have, to not be a victim and to never give up. You are one of my favorite people! I hold your books, like l’m holding you. You are precious and so funny too! (By Jove! I say old bean ha ha). There is a special place for hearts like yours. The rewards are great in Heaven. lt has been a privilege to meet you through your wonderful books, Darling Martha.Thank you for all you have given! With love always, Lucy Najm xxoo

    • administrator August 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

      Thank you. Come to the launch of the final book if you can.

  64. lisa March 27, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    martha
    you are amazing. i have read all your books im 24 im going through a hard time in my life and reading your books makes me strong xx

    • administrator August 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

      Thank you. Come to the launch of the final book if you can.

  65. DD Carr June 19, 2013 at 6:05 am #

    Hi Martha,

    I just watched your interview on Youtube, and you are so very brave. I have read all your books to date and could not help but cry when I saw your interview. I can’t wait for you new book and am happy to hear Jackser has finally left our world. Sending love light and peace to you.
    D

    • administrator August 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

      Thank you xxx

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