Books by Martha

1.’Ma, He Sold Me For A Few Cigarettes’

Published by Mainstream, May 2008Martha’s first book, Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes, was published in trade paperback in 2007 and reached No.1 on the bestseller lists. The mass market paperback edition is now available.

Born a bastard to a teenage mother in the slums of 1950s Dublin, Martha has to be a fighter from the very start.  As her mother moves from man to man, and more children follow, they live hand-to-mouth in squalid, freezing tenements, clothed in rags and forced to beg for food. But just when it seems things can’t get any worse, her mother meets Jackser. Despite her trials, Martha is a child with an irrepressible spirit and a wit beyond her years. She tells the story of her early life without an ounce of self-pity and manages to recreate a lost era in which the shadow of the Catholic Church loomed large and if you didn’t work, you didn’t eat. Martha never stops believing she is worth more than the hand she has been dealt, and her remarkable voice will remain with you long after you’ve finished the last line.

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The sequel to Ma, He Sold Me For A Few Cigarettes, was first published in Trade Paperback in September 2008 and is now available in Paperback, priced £6.99.

We rejoin Martha aged thirteen, she is rescued by the courts from the clutches of her evil stepfather, Jackser, and her feckless mother, Sally. After numerous arrests for shoplifting, a judge rules that she is to be sent to a convent school with the instruction that she is to get an education.Her initial relief at escaping the abuse and neglect she suffered at home is, however, short-lived, as she soon realises that there are many forms of cruelty in this life. As she says, ‘You can have a full belly, but your heart can be very empty.’ Ostracised by the other children for being a ‘street kid’ and put to back-breaking work by the nuns, she leads a lonely existence, her only joy coming from the books she devours and her mischievous sense of humour.

Desperate for love and a little place where she feels she belongs, despite all that she has suffered Martha retains her compassion for others and still continues to hope for a brighter future when she will be free to make her own way in life.

This book is now available to buy and went straight into the Irish bestseller lists at No. 5

3. ‘Ma, It’s a Cold Aul Night an I’m Lookin for a Bed’

In the third instalment of Martha Long’s real-life account of abuse, depravation and cruelty at the hands of her parents and the establishment, Martha is now sixteen, her time at the convent school is up. In Ma, It’s a Cauld Aul Night and I’m Lookin for a Bed, she leads us through her first months of freedom.

4. Ma, Now I’m Goin Up in the World

At 16, Martha collapses on the streets, suffering from starvation and exposure. She has reached rock bottom, but after Martha is taken to hospital, Lady Luck smiles kindly on her and she is given the opportunity to get off the streets forever.

Before long, Martha is on the way to leading the normal life she has so long dreamt of. She makes friends, begins to put the misery of her past behind her and even experiences her first taste of love.

For her, love is a powerful feeling. She has never experienced real affection before and is now plunged into the complex world of love between a man and a woman. The intense emotion consumes her, for this is a forbidden love that can never be requited. After all, Ralph Fitzgerald is a priest, and he will never break his vow of chastity. This love brings heartbreaking consequences and changes the direction of  Martha’s life for ever . . .

5. ‘Ma, I’ve Got Meself Locked Up in the Mad House’


 The fifth instalment of Martha Long’s bestselling memoirs.

Martha is now in her thirties. Her daughter has left home and she is lonely and vulnerable. The hard knocks have taken their toll on her health, and as she looks into the years still lying ahead of her, she shakes her head, feeling she hasn’t the heart or the strength to go on.

As she teeters on the brink of a nervous breakdown, a phone call summons ghosts from the past. She discovers that one of the family is dead and the others need her help. Martha returns and when she comes face to face with the evil, psychotic Jackser, she can no longer suppress the nightmares of her childhood.

A failed suicide attempt sees her admitted to the ‘mad house’, where a hunger strike takes her even nearer to death. But finally she sees a chink of light at the end of the tunnel. Could love in an unexpected form pull her back from the brink?

6. Ma, I’ve Reached for the Moon An’ I’m Hitting the Stars

ma moon and starsAfter a failed suicide attempt and recovery in the mad house, Martha is heading for France to be reunited with the one true love of her life.

Father Ralph Fitzgerald rescued Martha from the streets when she was sixteen and was the first person to show Martha true love and affection.  But their relationship threatened his vocation and he eventually fled to Africa to take up missionary work.  Martha never got over losing him and now, after  nearly twenty years, he has made contact again. She sets of on a mission to find him and uncover his motives for getting in touch.  Does he still love her?  Has he left the priesthood? Is he now free to marry her? She needs to know what the future is going to hold.

7. Ma, Jackser’s Dyin’ Alone

On hearing that Jackser, her childhood abuser who ‘sold her for a few cigarettes’, is seriously ill, Martha is elated, thinking Ma Jackser hi res jacket[1]that finally she will be able to watch him suffer.  But in the hospital she sees a frightened,lonely old man and realises with a shock that he seems to regret his earlier actions.

During her vigil she is joined by Charlie, her beloved little brother, then the ma and some of her other siblings.  All of them have suffered greatly and it is clear that no one connected to Jackser has escaped unscathed.

But as she sits with him during his dying days, other memories of Jackser come back to Martha – fleeting moments of concern and kindness, and a sense of closeness as he recalled his own tormented past in one of Ireland’s industrial schools.  It is a vicious cycle of cruelty and loss that has played out, from which only her own tenacity and wit has provided an escape.

Poignant, ribald, poetic and defiant, with its resolution of many unanswered questions about her life this is Martha at her best.



242 Responses to “Books by Martha”

  1. Sheila Parsons May 14, 2008 at 1:58 am #

    I have just finished reading “Ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes.
    What a book, Martha childhood if it can be called that was horrific and it is unimaginable it was on 58 years ago in a so called civilized country.
    Could not put the book down & read it in one day.
    Looking forward to the sequel though from blurb it sounds like nothing much has changed.
    Regards S.P.

    • linda April 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

      I my self has just read all 4 books and I couldn’t put them down till I finished them, what a book to read, cant wait for book 5

  2. Jenny Hawkins May 15, 2008 at 8:19 pm #

    Just finished ‘Ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes’. I couldnt put book down, what a shocking revelation of a poor girl so young and vunerable. Just wanted to take her in myself and care for her and look after poor Charlie too. I think alot of people can relate to some factors whether povety or domestic violence. The extent of the abuse that Martha received was horrific. I am absorbed and willing poor Martha on, Sept is a long time to wait to see how here journey continues.What a remarkable person !

    • Jackie Dorfman April 3, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

      Jenny, No doubt you now read Martha’s 2nd and 3rd book. This child taught me humour and inner belief can conquer all. She made me laugh until I cried and she made me cry until my heart felt empty not being able to reach out and help her.
      Your right, her book somehow connects with us all. I hope your like me and hungry for her next revelations. Jax.

    • janine May 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

      just finished ma he sold me etc, so strong and emotional, getting other book tmoro, hertbreaking

  3. Clodagh Fallon May 15, 2008 at 9:48 pm #

    I finished the book last night. I found it very difficult to put down. I hope her life is much better now than it was for her as a child. I will be going to easn’s tomorrow to see if they have her new book.

  4. Natalie May 17, 2008 at 8:54 pm #

    What an amazing story I was completely hooked. The courage and wit shown by Martha was outstanding – she had such maturity for one so young. There is so much praise and admiration for her I could go on and on. I was left wondering what happened between going off to boarding school and to writing the book, what happened to Jackser and Sally and all the other children – especially little Charlie? I am so pleased to hear there is a sequel on the way and I CANNOT wait! Write fast please Martha!

  5. Marian Tymon May 28, 2008 at 2:23 pm #

    What a lady. How can anyone who suffered like Martha did, pull out such wit and comedy. She made me cry but she made me laugh out loud too. A truly amazing lady. I was devastated when I finished the book. Please write quickly Martha.

  6. Sandra Hahn May 29, 2008 at 1:27 pm #

    Have just finished reading this fantstic book i could not put it down and im so pleased that there is a sequel cant wait to read it.
    This Book shows how far people can come after such difficult childhoods Marth Long is a inspiration to everybody and the way the book was written was both harrowing and comical. I have read many books on children growing up in terrible circumstances but have never been so touched by this ladies plight.
    I am desperate to find out about the other children i hope they have
    come through this like Martha has

  7. dee delany-stevens May 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm #

    my comments much the same as everyone elses, I only hope that the aul bastard died roaring – waiting to get the sceond book to find out.

    I found the book very disturbing in that the lives of those poor children was so badly damaged by an insane power freak – allowed to put the fear of God into a woman and her children. What’s worse is there was very little intervention from anyone to help save these children.

    Unfortunately such things are still happening to children across the world at the hands of their elders who they should be looking up to for guidance and comfort.

    Anyway well done Mrs for getting through the hell and sharing your story with us. I hope through this book we will open our eyes whenever we see children (and adults) been mistreated.

  8. nicola coulton June 1, 2008 at 10:15 pm #

    what a book , i could not put it down one minute i was crying in floods of tears the next minute i was crying with laughter.What a brave women she is to open up and tell the world of her horrific child hood .

    I can not wait to find out how the other children are and what Martha is doing now .Thank you Martha for sharing your story with us and cant wait for the next one .

  9. kareen June 10, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    just finished ma, he sold me…..
    what a read! my heart went out to the young martha. i have a shop in the area she grew up in, and ubfortunately for some poor kids, life has not changed enormously.
    can’t wait to read the sequel.. and find out how you came out of this terrible childhood.
    all the very best

  10. Steph Coombe June 14, 2008 at 7:27 am #

    Absolutely brilliant book altho it left you hanging right to the very end. I hope that Martha’s adult years have been alot better than her childhood ones altho from the blog of the next book, it seems that not much changed once she was released. Come on Sept and all the best to Martha and her family now!!

  11. laura June 26, 2008 at 7:00 pm #

    what a remarkable and strong women you are Martha
    you are an inspiration to us all and I’m sure you have become
    a wonderfull mother. I wish you all the luck in the world
    and believe that your courage strength and beauty shine strong in
    your book. I look forward to your next book please write quickly.

  12. paul o sullivan June 26, 2008 at 9:06 pm #

    i couldn put the book down a young girlhad a horrific life but still she had the innocence at times to see the good in people id say she grew in to a fantastic wonderful person

  13. Leanne Hall July 13, 2008 at 5:14 am #

    Im not a big book reader.From the moment i started ma he sould me for a few cigarettes. i couldn`t put it down.I got straight on to this site to find out more.That barstard i hope he gets his just. In time im sure he did.Im hanging to find out what happened in the convent. And what became of poor Charlie.And how many more babbies did ya Ma have.What a strong person Martha, i would have never survived.So pleased about the next book coming out.There’s never a cure for what happened to you Martha but putting it down on paper sure helps to stay in recovery.thank you for opening my

  14. pepper July 17, 2008 at 11:09 pm #

    wat a story! you should be so proud of your self martina. the courge, strenght, you have . i am truley stuck for words all i can say wat a lady……. well done truley aremarkable women xxxxxxxx

  15. breda July 20, 2008 at 5:01 pm #

    whatever happened to charlie

  16. Kathleen August 4, 2008 at 3:09 am #

    Here in as far away as Australia we have enjoyed this book, I can’t wait for the 2nd one. It has made me appreciate my life even more, just the little things like fresh bread, and having clean sheets. I hope your life is full and enriched now Martha and you can enjoy how life was mean’t to be lived. How is Charlie?, I can’t stop thinking about him. I can’t believe your grandmother did nothing to help her grandchildren. It’s hard to believe but even today a lot of Aboriginal children are living that life. Mum and Dad are drunk and there is no food. Good on you Martha for being so strong and having the courage to write this book. I’ve already ordered the next one.

  17. eieen gjyrevci August 9, 2008 at 6:42 pm #

    Just finished ur book, i couldnt leave it down,I even read it sitting on the loo! Fair play to little Martha, what a charachter, you made me laugh out loud. I only hope that big Martha has found the love she craved. I cant wait to read ur next book….maybe by then i’ll have stopped using this Dublin accent!!!

    • Kay Smyth November 23, 2009 at 10:08 am #

      I have just finished the 3rd book, fantastic cant wait for the next, your a wonderful lady, what a sad life, i know you will come out brilliant in the end, good luck for the futher, keep up this amazing story.i think a lot of young people should read these books, well done

  18. Lorraine Read August 10, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    What can I say. A truly amazing, brutal, horrific story. What a courageous young lady, having to grow up way before her time and suffering what most of us can’t even begin to imagine. Martha I take my hat off to you. You made me cry, but I also have complete admiration for you. Well done for coming through it all. I hope your abusers, especially your mother, are paying for what they put you though

  19. Kathryn Murphy August 13, 2008 at 11:33 am #

    Thank you for sharing your life with us. For a person who got nothing you are still giving. I hate to say that I would have been one of those who would have looked the other way if I saw somone like you walking towards me. Your book has made it’s mark on me. You are such a courageous fighter and an inspiration to us all. I hope Charlie and yourself find some happiness and nothing gave me more hope than to see you dedicated your book to your children. My fingers are crossed for you and it goes without saying that I’m just waiting for your next book to hit the shelves.

  20. Helen August 25, 2008 at 3:34 pm #

    What a book! I just couldn’t put it down. I hope that “bandy aul bastard got his just desserts and died roarin'” Looking forward to the sequel. Yer a wonderful person Martha.

  21. Majella Murray August 26, 2008 at 9:06 pm #

    what a truly brave little girl martha was, how she lived to tell the tale i will never know!!
    i hope that jackser scumbag died roarin and alone and as for that sally she was no better, she must have known what he was doing to poor martha but she just turned a blind eye!! some mother!!!
    cant wait for sept 4th wonder if we will find out if there was any other kids or what happened to poor charlie??

  22. Allison Patrick August 30, 2008 at 8:02 am #

    Dear Martha

    One half of me wants to thank you for writing this book. The other half of me can’t imagine what you have endured in your life but, you have come through all the pain to be strong enough to pass your account of early life onto others. I am having a bit of an unsettled time in my life at present but, you are a true inspiration to carry on with steely determination and not give up. Your book shall remain in my thought for a long time and I will be honoured to read your future books. Thank you Martha!

  23. Pauline Mccallig September 8, 2008 at 10:23 pm #

    How I longed to care for you. I hope your life has been good to since those bad times. Like many of the other readers I could not put your book down and have now passed it on to my friend. I look forward to the sequel and I hope that you will continue to write until we know just what happened to you throughout your life. Please let us know what happened to Charlie and I do hope you were reunited with him. You were an amazing child, I don’t think I would have survived you childhood. Thanks for sharing this with us

  24. millie September 10, 2008 at 9:51 pm #

    wow what a book never knew I had so many emotions, Martha your a legend, can’t wait for new book ! love you x

  25. amy marsh September 12, 2008 at 9:12 am #

    i have also just finished the book im not a big book reader and thought how will i get through this book but i just had to keep reading i keep saying at the end of this chapter i will go to bed but it ended up being 3chapters later. i would love to get my hands on the next dook but as iaid im not a big reader so if anyone could let me no the name of the next book and where in new zealand i can get it that would be a big heop thanks.
    i also dont think much has changed things like that are still like that for too many children

  26. Lisa Randall September 24, 2008 at 11:42 am #

    Dearest Martha, You poor sweet little girl. As a mummy of a little girl 7 and boy 5 my most beautiful pleasure is creating a great dinner doing homework with the knowing they love their school and grand and loving hugs and kisses. I look at my little girl and think of your dreadful plight and I simply wonderhow and why. I pray to God that you have the strenght to be alive and perhaps okay. Take strength in knowing mummys like I love you and would have cared for you. with love

  27. Marina Alefosio September 25, 2008 at 9:27 am #

    Hi Martha,
    I have just finished your book and I am dying to read your next book,the way you wrote about your siblings and how patient you were with them,made me realise that being the older daughter in the family is not always an easy task,but that the younger ones do appreciate what we do.I am the eldest girl in my family with two kids and two teenage siblings who drive me up the wall and I’m only 20!But your experience has made me feel so grateful and lucky,I am just thankful for you sharing your experience,I’ll never look at butter the same again!!!!!!!!!Thank you so much,and I hope and pray that your siblings are in good health just as you are,because I know in my heart you came out in the right side of the tunnel,publishing this book is evidence to that!SO THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. laurel brown September 25, 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    Hi, I borrowed this book off a friend, and need some closure on what happened to her brother and the other children, poor little buggars. Are the sequels available in Australia?
    Good on you for having the courage to write this stuff down and share it.

    • jenny April 2, 2012 at 4:42 am #

      Hey Laurel,
      I just finished the 1st book and i was thinking exactly the same thing, Especially poor Charlie..

  29. kelly-anne September 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm #

    just finished reading ma, im getting meself a new mammy,
    i need the next fix of martha what a young women..

  30. Ivy September 27, 2008 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi martha, Ive have read your first book, “Ma he sold me for a few cigarettes”…Absolutely amazing you went through all that & survived, to tell us your story. Youv’e had to relive it all so you could share your life with us, absolutely remarkable. It left me wanting more as you knew once you got to the end there had to be more. Imagine my surprise when i was in a book store a week ago & came across your second book “Ma, I’m gettin meself a new mammy” i had to buy it. I have just finished reading it & again amazing, your book has again left me wanting more to see where your life goes. I truely cant wait to read your next book. Thankyou for sharing your strength, courage & life with us, You are truely insperational.

  31. deirdre lawlor October 2, 2008 at 9:31 pm #

    i just finished reading ma he sold me for a few cigarettes,and i went straight to the computer to look you up.i was glad to know that your next book is already on the book shelves and went into easons and got it.what can i say about your first book,i have lots of things i want to say, but im wasting time i want to get into your next was sad it was scary, and times i have to say i found myself laugh,martha was is such a stronge lady.
    iv already read five chapthers in ma im gettin meself a new mammy(dinner is burnt in oven)it will be hard to leave this already thinking about your next was nice knowing you through your hard, troublesome, terrible and god knows what other word can describe your childhood but thanks.


  32. Sue Schesser October 6, 2008 at 2:12 am #

    Thank you for sharing your life experience with us, its priceless, have just finished reading your second book, it was awesome….you are truly an inspiration to life by never giving up, your strong spirit… I had many a laugh with your thoughts in your head about the nuns and some of the girls there, your compassion you showed to the younger children and at last when you turned 16 and could open a new door to begin your adult world and leave behind all the hurt you felt…your determination to make something of yourself…it was truly amazing, an absolute must read, thank you once again…unforgettably perfect..

  33. Kimberly muesing October 7, 2008 at 3:46 am #

    Your life has affected me so much and made me realize that my glass is full in life. You have also made me want to help others, especially our innocent children who are not as fortunate, not only with food, but with love. Their souls need to be fed. There was a reason for your story to be available to the public, you have touched me in such a way. I want to do what ever I can to prevent child abuse and neglect. Your story is for sure a mind opener for alot of people.
    May god be with you and your wonderful family.

  34. pam October 8, 2008 at 12:16 pm #

    just finished reading Ma he sold……what a fantastic read,unbelievable andI love Martha what a strong little girl and even in her suffering manages to keep on going.this book made me cry,burn with anger at her treatment and laugh as well Martha …cant wait to see how you get on and find out how Charlie fared! Looking forward to the sequel pam x

  35. michelle October 10, 2008 at 4:03 pm #

    I read the book last year when it first came out and like other people couldnt put the book down – absolutely brilliant but what a terrible life for poor Martha. Am now looking for forward to reading the next book ‘Ma Im getting myself a new Mammy’, – cant wait.

  36. Dianne Gumb October 12, 2008 at 7:34 am #

    Just finished your second book, dived on to the computer and am excited that there is a third book yet to come. I don’t like the sound of the title, I was hopeing life would be kinder to you after all you have suffered. The first two books were a harrowing read but well worth it.I look at scruffy,unkept children with a different view now and will never turn a blind eye. I’m driving everyone made with my aussie irish accent and cursing every one who annoys me (under my breath !)Can’t wait for the next episode Dianne.

  37. Debbie Joh October 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm #

    I have read the first 2 books, never have I read something so shocking. What you Martha endured in your childhood is incomprehensible. I am anxiously awaiting Ma, I’m in the madhouse, I just want to know what happened to the other bairns, especially poor Charlie and to know if life finally treated you kindly. I hope The Jackser fella is now somewhere suffering(God forgive me) as he made you suffer but then I suppose he wouldn’t think for one moment that he deserved anything bad. Your mother obviously needed some kind of help, as we are all aware in those days there was none. I just cannot believe that people could see how badly cared for you and your siblings were and something not done about it. Far to often a blind eye is turned. Martha, you have my admiration for your strength, your ability to keep a sense of humour(which, evoked a few giggles) and for your survival. God Bless you,hun, I hope the rest of your life is very, very happy. I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more. What an inspiration you are

  38. carole Tudor October 29, 2008 at 3:22 pm #

    I’ve never known a young girl to be taken advantage of by so many men and people her little life, it really did cut me to read and then there was times when I actually giggled.
    As for that horrid Jacksir he should be hanged and quartered for what he did to those kids.
    Hope I have the strength to go on in my life Go Girl Martha!
    God be with you always

  39. dara jones November 4, 2008 at 1:48 pm #

    hi martha
    have read your 2 books and found them absolutely amazing-ive cried,ive laughed and my heart went out to you as im a mother of 2 wonderful children myself.i truly hope your life is good now and admire you greatly …keep writing.x

  40. noeleen mccrohan November 6, 2008 at 5:46 pm #

    Oh Martha
    What a read.
    I read Ma he sold me…and could not put it down.What a terrible childhood.
    Although very sad ,at times you had me “in stitches”.
    I live in Dublin and could follow you footsteps through the city.
    I have since read the 2nd book and it too was remarkable.
    Cant wait for the 3rd one and as many that come aftr that.
    It would be nice to hear how the rest of the family got through life.

    You seem to have found some happiness now and you truly deserve it.
    Take Care and keep writing

  41. Sagan Long November 10, 2008 at 2:04 pm #

    I’m going overseas in a few days and I bought ‘Ma, I’m gettin meself a new mammy’ several days ago to read on the plane but I haven’t started reading it yet because I would finish it before I even left, I just found this sight and found out that ‘Ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes’ is actually the first one. Now I’m gonna have to go out and buy it before I go. It’s very difficult not to start reading it now though. They look really good, but I feel sorry for Martha.

  42. lisa November 20, 2008 at 8:08 am #

    your bravery at getting through such a terrible start in life and writing about it really touched me i hope your life is much better now kia kaha

  43. Dee Mc November 26, 2008 at 9:43 pm #

    I am just finished Marthas’ second book and its amazing but horrific at the same time. Martha you are an inspiration to us all. You put up with the worst things life could throw at anyone and yet you seem to hold your head up high and get on with things. Your life in the convent was something that none of us could ever deal with and would not happen in Society in this day and age. I am dying to read the third book and am so looking forward to finding out how things panned out in your life. I hope for the love of God that Charlie and the rest of your brothers and sisters managed to survive life with your mother and Jackser (may he rot in hell). For Martha, I do hope that you have had a happy life and there is light at the end of the tunnel. A pure inspiration.

  44. Marion Baker December 3, 2008 at 3:23 am #

    Hi Martha,

    Congratulations on writing such an inspirational book. So very welI done Martha.
    I remember you from Finglas (I now live in Australia). What an era! So much pain and damage transferred from generations to generation.
    Healing provides the only hope for future generations and i believe your book Martha will assist in the healing of untold thousands.

    Lots of love peace and joy.

  45. melanie December 7, 2008 at 11:04 pm #

    Read ‘Ma, He Sold me For A Few Cigarettes’a few months back…finished it in 2 days…brilliant book. Can’t wait to read the sequel.

  46. Toria December 9, 2008 at 7:23 pm #

    I have just finished reading “Ma, I’m getting meself Ha new mammy” Oh my god, Martha Long you are an inspiration to everyone, you are so brave, strong and positive. Reading your Your two books have been so gripping, I could not put your books down. I would love to throw my arms around you and hold you so tight and tell you how much I love you.
    I truly wish you every happeniess in life that you deserve, I hope life has been kinder to you now than it had been in your childhood.
    I can’t wait for your next book to come out.
    I would to see a picture of you now and no how your life is now.

  47. carole Tudor December 27, 2008 at 4:05 pm #

    You will stay in my heart and thoughts forever more. Like everyone else I can’t wait for you to put pen to paper for the last part of your book, I hope life is treating you more kindly. you deserve alot of love, my heart and love goes out to you dearest Martha.

  48. Fiona December 31, 2008 at 11:13 pm #

    I have just finished your first book but now I am hanging. What happens next? I can’t stop thinking about Charlie. Your book has made me appreciate everything that I have and I truly admire your courage. Thanks for the honest and often shocking accounts of your life. Keep writing! and please tell us what happened to Charlie. I am off to find your second book!

    • frank October 7, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      i only read the book recently when given it by a female friend. amazing book, great read but how is it martha seems to remember every little detai about her life so well??

  49. clare dublin January 2, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    Hi Martha,well wat can i say!i just finished yuor book last night it broke my heart to hear what you went through.
    During the book i was putting it down and calling my daughter who is 7 and giving her a big hug.
    I wanted to meet you and give you a big hug too and tell you everything is going to be ok.
    Im looking forward to reading your new books.
    Congrautlations you done what you always siad you would do.BE REPECTIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Happy New Year to you and your family.
    love clare xxxxxxxxxx

  50. Vicky Bartlett January 8, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes is a poignant and painful trip down memory lane for Martha, who spent her childhood years in squalid living conditions and extreme poverty, she also introduces Jackser, her stepfather to her story and gives detailled and shocking accounts of the abuse she suffered.

    This is a very interesting book which somnetimes shocks. I learnt a lot about what it was like in 1950’s Dublin. I myself have and will continue to make trips to Ireland.

  51. siobhan coleman January 13, 2009 at 1:55 pm #

    loved your books cannot wait for your next one

  52. caroline limerick January 19, 2009 at 11:34 pm #

    martha your one god woman to have surived .i couldnt put the book down im not sure if i want to read the next one. the first was very upsetting. i hope that evil bastard died roaring

  53. marian o rourke January 29, 2009 at 10:55 am #

    Brillant book i couldnt put it down. I grew up in the fifties but this book certainly opened my eyes. I knew there was poverty, but am shocked at the extent and the horrific life martha had. Really funny though and bought the next one, cant wait for a follow up.

  54. sharon odonnell January 29, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    just finished marthas second book.
    a brillent read. she had such a horiffic childhood. its hard to imagine.
    does anyone know if she is writing a third book? and if so when will it be out?

  55. berni murphy carlow February 5, 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    Well Martha, as a native as inner city Dublin, I recognised a lot of the places you lived your poor life in the first book, I still to this day pass these places and think of you (nothing much has changed) there are still kids like you scurrying around hungary and waiting for the da to come outta the pub or the dole office 😦 Your next book was just as hard hitting except to you the torture of the convent was like a little cushion to you after the horrible cold and hungary childhood you had, yet in your childhood you had a certain amount of physical love from Charlie and your mother hugs etc but in the convent there was nothing, I think you would have traded your hot dinner for a cuddle. Looking forward to your next and next and next book.

  56. Carmel O'Reardon Dublin February 20, 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    I have just finished Martha’s second book it is just if not more amazing than her first book She is so gifted. I hope here writing doesn’t stop here. I really looking forward hopefully reading more of here books. Please don’t stop now

    Best Wishes
    Carmel O’Reardon

  57. Anna Quirke February 25, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    Hi Martha

    I have read the first two books .I think your a remarkable woman .How you had to re live your life and put pen to paper and share your unbelivable childhood teenage years .I have prayed that god is good to you now and your family .I hope your third book is out soon .May god bless you always .xx

  58. LOUISE February 25, 2009 at 10:33 pm #

    Fair play to you Martha Long, you are some woman. No one should have to go through in their whole life what you went through in your childhood. I am just in the middle of reading your second book and hoping that the bandy oul bastard gets what he deserves by the end of it. Please keep up the writing as you have a talent that thankfully they did not suppress. I hope many good fortunes come your way in the future and you live a peaceful,healthy,happy and long life.

  59. Ellen March 6, 2009 at 6:09 am #

    What a story How you ever survived is beyond me. Whatever happened to Charlie. Did you ever meet up with him or the other children again. Good Luck.

  60. nic1411 March 18, 2009 at 5:11 pm #

    I have read both books… id only be repeating everyone else on here if i was to type up a review… The end of the second book left me unsure… is there going to be a 3rd????

  61. wendy gilronan March 22, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    just finished martha long 1st book and i couldnt put it down. have read many books of this genre but this one stood in my head all day and night, i was straight on the net to see if there was a second book i have to know if jackster died roarin a horrible death! i truly appreciate the fantastic upbringing i had and felt so sad reading the book.

  62. angie woods April 14, 2009 at 7:38 am #

    Eeh, me poor little bairn. Where were all the real “do gooders” when you & Charlie really needed them. When I finished the book (which my friend loaned to me) I thought, thats it then, my friend said there has to be a follow up, thank God there is. I cant begin to imagine the suffering you went through Martha and then to be so brave to write about it, it must have felt like a cleansing for you (and hopefully some way of healing), I am not daft I know awful things happen in this world, but when you write so graphically and the reader feels like they know you and want to help you, we feel so useless. I cant believe there really is a Mother like yours on this earth, is she still alive? An as other people have commented has Jackser died roarin? I hope you have found love, peace,health & happiness in your life now Martha. God Bless you and I thank you with all my heart. (I was born in Sunderland UK 1959 and moved to Aussie in 1974, am going back for my early 50th birthday and actually get to visit ireland, I cant wait to walk down the streets you write about)

    Kind regards
    Angela Woods (Waller)
    21 Kanowna Rd, Warnervale, NSW 2259, Aust
    0243936259 ah
    0243653300 bh

  63. Bridget Whitehead (Perth) May 9, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    Dear Martha,
    I haven’t quiet finished “Ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes” but your story has moved me to tears. I hope you children are making up for all the love and care you were deprived of in your childhood.As a mother I can’t believe your mother didn’t protect you from the abuse you had to suffer.There is real evil in this world, unfortunately there are millions of vulnerable children suffering neglect and abuse today. I realise and appreciate the privelaged life I had growing up in Ireland only a decade later and I hope to teach my children to give to the less fortunate. My daughter looks at me funny when I call her Mrs. All the best and congratulations on the success of your books. Going out to the shops now to buy the second book.

  64. lindsay walters May 22, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    i have just finished martha’s second book..’ma,i’m getting myself a new mammy’ another amazing read…even through all martha’s awful childhood she still kept her sense of humour.i found myself crying one minute and laughing the next…i cant wait for her third book..anyone know when its due to be published…??? you are an inspiration martha xx

  65. patricia c May 24, 2009 at 7:45 pm #


  66. leigh May 27, 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    i know i am just about to sound like everyone else writing reviews of your amazing story but i felt compelled to write here. I started reading your book and immediatly was dragged into ireland and felt as though i was living the terrible life with you. I often read these types of stories but this is the first story like this i have read since becoming a mother about six months ago. i was moved to tears at the thought of a mother doing these terrible things to her own children and the life you went through. I fell in love with charlie and when you escaped from jackser and went to england in the first book i had to skip so many pages until you came back to dublin because i couldn’t concentrate on anything except how poor charlie and the other children were coping with life without you. I couldn’t believe it when i got to the end of the story this morning and still didn’t find out how everyone survived and what happened. I got straight on to the internet to try and find out if there was another book and dragged my poor baby out to try and find it! i’m so far not succesful at getting my hands on it but i am desperate so i will order a copy on line.

  67. Louella June 5, 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    Like others, I just finished reading ‘Ma he sold me for a few cigarettes’. I’m only 14, and I was horrified and inspired by the book. I though ‘God this is such a terrible book’ not because it was bad or anything but of all the things she went through, but still I HAD to finish it. It is truly amazing. I agree with everybody, she was a very funny little girl who has massive courage. It’s funny I didn’t cry too much but I really had a lot of empathy for Martha. I really felt sad in those tiny moments where she left ‘Flo’ and later ‘James’ because they were really kind people. It’s just so amazing, it’s felt like anything could happen to her at any moment, but the fact that she stayed strong and grew up and shared all her childhood with us is AMAZING. It really puts me in awe. I can’t wait to read the second ‘Ma, I’m gettin meself a new mammy”. and I was wondering if there was a third book or the second was renamed or something. I heard of “Ma, I’m locked up in the Mad house” and I wasn’t sure.

  68. Louella June 5, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    I also just wanted to say how much I grew to really love Martha’s character. I just wanted to hug her and tell her everything was okay, that I would be like family to her. No one should be treated like that, NO ONE. And to think this goes on everyday, Martha is truly inspirational. And I cried when they came back and Charlie was so sad. I was just bawling all through it, It must have been so hard for her tho write this book.

  69. sonyia June 13, 2009 at 5:18 am #

    i loved both the books and would really love to know what happened next, with martha and her brothers and sisters and i hope her ma and that bastard get whats coming to them, i just can not stop thinking about it all and would love to have the story continue, you are a great story teller and i hope everything worked out for you in life, your book has made me look at people differently and i am now more open and loving to people i don’t even know, thanks you very much for this experience
    sonyia 🙂

  70. sarah June 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    Martha your a hero iam in love with your strength and wisdom, there’s a reason these terrible things happened to u and I hope one day you’ll know why and find peace. God knows you were strong enough to endure this life he gave you, you are a very special person. Lots of luv to youxxx

  71. Kellie July 21, 2009 at 1:44 am #

    I have read both books and am absolutely hooked. Most definately the best read i have ever had. After reading “Ma he sold me for a few cigarettes”, i was in my bookstore and by accident found “Ma, I’m gettin Meself a new mammy” and yelled with joy at my find, much to other shoppers amusement! I can not wait for the 3rd book to be released. What an amazing and tragic life to have lived. I hope the next book informs us of what happened to all the other siblings. I laughed and cried through out both books. Martha you are inspiring and i hope there are many more books to come. xxx

  72. alison July 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm #

    I have just finished ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes and I was shocked at the way she was treated by Jackser and her mother. I was in tears with sadness and laughter. She is an inspiration to all women and I wish her the very best. She deserves all the happiness in the world xxxxxxxxx

  73. Samantha August 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    Your story was told for every good women in this world! Stay Warm & Thank You ♥ x x x ♥

  74. SIMONE. AUSTRALIA VICTORIA August 24, 2009 at 7:53 am #


  75. Marjanna Jones September 7, 2009 at 9:07 am #

    I have just discovered that the third book is out – released 1/09/09. Now to get one.
    I hope we can all now rejoice for a happy ending for you and your mother and siblings.
    Marjanna – Australia

  76. Shona September 11, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    Martha…. Martha……Martha….

    I cant believe you have left me in this predicament AGAIN!!! I have just finished reading your third book about an hour ago, I stormed my way through it, speakin way the irish twang in me head, lol!!

    Now heres a question fer ye…Whens the 4th book out??? Im serious, I wont lay you to rest until I complete the story….I swear te jaysus!! If I have to wait until next September I will go mad, I mean it, the hair on my head will be pulled out!! It near kilt me waiting fer this un!!

    You had it tough in this book (I wont be spoiling it for anyone). But I want to know more…..

    Please find a way to write back, even if its not personally, even with just regular updates, it would be great!!!!

    Again a remarkable woman and Im wishing you all the best.

  77. Maree Tycho September 15, 2009 at 8:30 am #

    i live in Australia and have just finished reading ‘Ma he sold me for a few cigarettes’. what a horrific childhood you had and poor Charlie. im asuming that is you on the cover. my heart dropped and i cried like anything when you had to be taken back to Dublin by the authorities. i will find out how i can get a hold of the sequel to your book, i cant stop thinking of what happens to you and Charlie. How does your mother sleep at night? I was hoping i was going to read a chapter on how Jackser suffers and dies but that never happened. YOU ARE somebody Martha because you are the most courages girl. i take my hat off to you Martha. I look forward to reading the next book. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  78. Maree Tycho September 15, 2009 at 8:32 am #

    sorry i forgot to tick the box

  79. karan franks September 16, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    hello martha,i have just finished reading your third book i am totally enthrawled by you, i so want to meet you one day and hope to do do remind me of me and my upbringing such a sad time with a few good times thrown in.Not to worry i now have five beautifull children and seven adorable grandchildren so i have been blessed.I hope you are doing grand and look forward to you next book. It would be a honour to call you my friend as thats what you have become to me through your books and by the coments i have read about you i know i am not alone there you are a true kindred spirit. love karan

  80. Jodie Richards September 21, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    Hi Martha

    I’ve just finished your third book. I’ve been waiting months for the release. I couldn’t put it down,(as with the first two).
    I want to thankyou for sharing your life with us, I only hope you don’t find it too painfull reliving your childhood.
    Reading your books reminds me of just how lucky I am to have the memories of my childhood that i do.
    I can’t wait for the fourth book. Although, I know the young and strong and determined Marth Long from the book, will definately come out on top.


  81. Ann September 24, 2009 at 8:12 am #

    Hi Martha

    I have just finished you’r third book I never make time to read as life is full on but after reading the first one I was hooked you are an amazing woman, I grew up in Dublin in the 60’s and now live in Australia,I could relate to a few things but you had it hard.good on ya,can’ wait for number 4.


  82. Jenni Dean September 30, 2009 at 9:28 am #

    Dear Martha,

    Ah, the Irish a your deft hand with the pen and amazing story telling spirit. I throughly enjoyed reading your first book at a cracking pace. Nothing has been done, everything has stopped in my home. Thankyou for sharing your exceedingly challenging life with us. Your journey against adversity is admirable. One cannot imagine that young ones could be so badly treated.
    I am looking forwarded to your next two books, to read and hope that all your desires come to fruition.
    It is coming into summer in Australia, I can see myself with a plate a sambidges and a sup o tea pouring over your stories til me eyes drop.


  83. diane September 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm #


  84. Marian October 1, 2009 at 9:33 am #

    I have just started your second book. I was born & reared in the late 50’s in Dunlaoghaire not a million miles from where you were reared I can’t believe the difference in our lives. I laughted & cryed reading Ma he sold me etc what a dreadful extistence. Like everyone else I would love to know what happened to Charlie after you were sent away. I would love to think that you now both enjoy a much better life.


  85. Jo October 18, 2009 at 12:30 am #

    Hi Martha,

    Just fininshed your second book! Will there be another one? Can i just say that even though you had a horrible childhood like most children back then. In the second book near the end you can feel the confidence come out of you. And for a child to have gone through what you have been put through gives me a great honour to have read your book. I wish you well and thanks for letting me hear your story. As i will always remember you! I hope you find peace with your mother!


  86. Cheryl October 22, 2009 at 2:17 am #

    Dear Martha,
    I don’t know how you survived, you are one hell of a woman. An inspiration to us all who think we have it hard. I have just finished reading “Ma it’s a cold aul night an I’m looking in for a bed”, I can’t wait for the 4th book. So please hurry.

    best wishes
    Cheryl (Australia)

  87. tracy November 9, 2009 at 2:17 am #

    martha i have loved your books so much i have read ma he sold me for a few ciggerettes and ma im gettin meself a new mammy and i bought ma im lookin for a bed on this cold aul night which i am currently reading u have been a great inspriation in my life you show me a woman of great strenghts and wonderfull talent i wish you the most comfortable and happiest life i thank you greatly for your wonderfull stories i love them so much i now have all my family reading them so once again thank you best wishes tracyxxxxxxxxxx

  88. julie fisher November 13, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    MARTHA….. i have never read such a book like MA HE SOLD ME FOR A FEW CIGARETTES in my life ,it made me laugh and it also made me cry ,the way we you and your brother and baby sisters were brought up makes me sick to my stomach …. but you as a child ,wot you h ad to put up with my god you were very brave girl ,i was born in the sixtys and i had a very bad up bring ,you must have a very strong heart ,that man called jackster who will always be in my head for a very long time ,i hope he rots in hell ,so with you gone for 4 and a half years you will get peace for him ,but poor charlie i worry for and them poor babbys …. you have a heart of gold ,great courage ,to put up with every think that happened i am going to read the rest of your books ,because i need to no wot the rest of your life intails ,you will be a wonderfull wife and a fanstastic mother you take care MARTHA ….all my love xxxx

  89. bernie howard November 18, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    Great book enjoyed it immensely.

  90. charlene k November 25, 2009 at 12:10 am #

    i just read all three books and i just want to say that they are the best books i have ever read i was really toched by them i hope marthe long is doin okay now and i would love her to write another book. Her stories are amazing.thank u martha

  91. Debbie December 15, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your first two books Martha and I cannot wait to start the third, what you went through over those years must have been awful for you, I could not believe how your mother chose to turn a blind eye and allow these awful things to happen to you and your siblings, but i guess now you are a stronger and courageous woman and have lived to tell the tale. I myself am married with three young kids, I came from a family of two parents both alcoholics and found myself asking for help from strangers just so i could feed myself and my brothers and sister. I have shared some similar experiences as you have but nothing as bad as yours and I am now a much stronger person but will never forget my childhood – not so many happy memories but i am happy now. Thank you for sharing your story with us and please keep up the good work x

  92. Melissa January 1, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    I have just finished your Ist book – Ma, He sold Me for a Few Cigarettes.
    I could not put it down and loved the way the diction of your speech was so a part of how the book was written.
    I was born in the mid sixties a long way from Dublin, and while tragedy was so much a part my family it was I feel was nothing like yours – as like you I think a sense of who you are and humour always made you go on. I will read your next two books and as another woman I am very curious and excited to see how your life went from 11yrs old , and to become a mother. Your book portays you as a person with a lot of love in your heart and I am looking forward to see how it comes back to you. As your dedication in the first book is to your children , you seem to have had love returned to you and I hope a life that you so much deserved.

  93. cath January 8, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    Like all the others i could not put this book down. It brought out so many emotions from laughter, anger, sadness, the horror of a childs experience in 1950’s Dublin I so wanted to wrap my arms around Martha keeping her safe and warm

  94. thomas willis January 12, 2010 at 1:56 am #

    martha love i read all three off your books,and they brought back all the nightmares,because i also had a jackster and his name was donalad.but it was through reading all the hearteck that you went through it made me feel that i was’nt on my owen.I cryed and i laught it was like reading about myself.I know that you are happy now, but i dont think that i will never get rid off my demonds, to witch i salute you for being the strong person that you are.I really hope you are happy with your life now and you have no regrets, because you deserve the best that life has instore for you,i cant wait for the happyness that the next book brings you.All my love sorry for the awefull spelling and diction. Yours TOMMY.XXXXXXXXXXXX

  95. lillian January 12, 2010 at 2:01 am #

    You are such an amasing woman just finished your third book
    and cant wait to read your next one!I know by your good heart and believe that your life can Only get better please dont take too long on the fourth book.I wish you every health wealth and happiness you soooo deserve it.X

  96. Joan January 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Could anybody please tell me if there’s a fourth book? Absolutely LOVED all three books and I must discover what becomes of Martha and her family…..!!!!

  97. Linda O'Callaghan January 14, 2010 at 1:08 am #

    Just finished reading the third book. Like someone else said I would only be repeating what everyone else said. An amazing read. Please, please, please bring out your 4th book. I will be first in the queue to buy it. Can’t wait to see how you managed next. xx

  98. addie January 18, 2010 at 12:02 am #

    Dear Martha,

    I just finished the third book and you speak for so many of us. Even those of us who were born after that time. Emotions I buried and only brought to the surface every so often came rushing back. Things I didn’t want to think about came back with a vengence. Not sure if thats a good or bad thing but I do hope your life became a happy and safe place to be. Thank you Martha for the courage to put into words what alot of us can relate to and to make us feel that … we can surive the horrors of our childhood and young adult years.. and espically feel that we are not alone. God Bless you and keep you safe.. Look forward to your fourth book.

  99. Paula Nolan January 19, 2010 at 1:19 am #

    At last I have found a website or place where I could write and say how much I enjoyed your books – though I cried many tears reading, I laughed so much at your wit. You are an inspiration. I loved your courage and determination that you were going to lift yourself out of whatever got you down. You were a beautiful person when you were a child and I’m sure even more so now. I hope you are at peace and like another poster said, I’d love to have cared for you had I been around in those times. I have two girls of my own and would die for them. It’s so sad there are others like you were still suffering. Your first book made me want to reach out to and help children like yourself. I have done some stuff like give clothes etc to the women’s refuge but it’s hard to really get to those others who nobody seems to care about. I look forward to more books from you Martha. God bless you and your family.

  100. Mary, Cork January 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm #


    i have just finished reading your third book,” Ma,its a cold auld night an im looking for a bed”, Wow wat a book just as fantastic as the first two books, you are an absolutley amazing woman, i love your spirit, bravery, and determination to let nothing get you down in life, you are im sure an inspiration to many many people that have found themselves in a similar situation. That auld one and auld fella in the book, you had me in stitches of laughter they way you spoke up to them, good on you girl, you showed them a thing or two, Martha i so cannot wait for the next book im itching to buy it now, when when when will it be on sale….God bless ya girl, stay strong..and take care..xx

  101. debbie January 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    Well Martha, I have just finished your third book and am dying to read the fourth, it must have been awful tough for you practically livin on the streets, I hope to god you had better years after those. I am dying to know if you ever found Charlie and did you ever meet that Jackser fella again? When is your fourth book out? I cant wait to read it. xx

  102. Liz January 27, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    I have just completed your first book and I have cried, laughed and screamed out loud at your journey as a young child. I will be encouraging, no, making friends, family and colleauges read this book as I feel that this story is one that needs to be heard by all. You are an inspiration Martha and I look forward to reading the next two installments….

  103. Trish January 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    Just finished reading the second book and am looking forward to the third.
    I have read so many books of this genre, not all of them rang true to me.
    So many authors seemed to have jumped on the band wagon after a A Child Called ‘It’ was published, but this heartbreaking story certainly rings true to me and I can`t wait for any that follow, mainly to find out how Martha gets a chance in life, and hopefully to learn something about what happened to the rest of her family.

  104. Janice Woods February 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    Hi Martha.
    My name is Janice and i was born in the 1950,s in Australia to a
    Aboriginal mother and white father. My father left and then we had the alcholic stepfather. Like yourself we starved and never
    had any where decent to live. Our clothes also were rags.
    Isn.t it funny how society used to look down on poor neglected children, and treat them like they were dirt, not to mention how they treated our mother because she was aboriginal. But anywhere i just wanted to say, i truly thought you are a very brave woman to share your story with the rest of the world, and thank goodness we live in a better world to day. May the rest of your life be peacefull, and keep up the wonderfull writing.

  105. doris February 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    i just finnished the 3rd book and im hangin on an edge there better b a 4th book xx

  106. Julietta Arden-Taylor February 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

    Hello Martha,
    If you do ever read these many messages left for you, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing the start of your life with us all. It broke my heart to read, but I only carried on knowing that you were okay because you make it through life to tell your story.
    I didn’t realise you had written a second book until I googled your name, I’ve never really done that for an author but I like all the others wanted to know that you were okay and I’m very happy to learn that you became a mother yourself.
    I wish you and your children and all those that matter to you in your life all the very best for now and the future.

  107. yvonne roach February 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    I have just finished the first of your books Ma he sold me for a few cigarettes, I could not put your book down and at times I wanted to scream at the people who were so cruel to you. I admire how you have come through these awful.

    I have today taken delivery of your two other bookes Ma, I’m getting meself a new mammy and Ma, It’s a cold aul night and I’m look in for a bed. I cannot wait to read these books.

    I admire you for the way you have turned your life around and the courage you had as a young child and the love that you had for your siblings.

    I wish you good luck and fortune for the future.

    Once again thank you for taking myself and many others into your life.

    Yvonne xxxx

  108. Lynnette Xu February 28, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    thank you for writing your storys down, and being an inspiration to me and many others. i’ve reread your boks many tmies and each time i read it new emotions of the same bittersweet feeling strike me and i’m left feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. thank you for showing me that anything is possible and how much i’m loved.
    Thank you also for teachin gme not to judge a book by its cover, and showing me that everyone has a story be it brutal or heavenly.
    i’m sorry i didnt think like this before i read your book.
    all my love

  109. Claire/Cork March 13, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    Martha.I have just finished your first book.Came across it by accident.Am heading immediately to purchase your second and third.What can I say?I Salute Admire you. And am overwhelmed by your great courage and fight for survival.You brought tears,laughter,joy, and pain to me in my journey through your book,Keep up the great work,It gives us all a sense of reality.

  110. samantha reilly March 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    ive just finished reading ma he sold me…this is the best book ive ever read,its a story that is very close to my own heart and unfortunatley a lot like my own childhood,i grew up in the 70s and a lot of this story is very simmilair to my own life,my abusive childhood has brought me to 35years old and never having a peaceful or rested mind,i went through long term relationships with men and sufferd the same abbuses that i sufferd as a child,i now at 35 have started counceling and have started to learn that my little girl me doesnt have to be with me allways,i am so attached to this book i feel like its my own memmories on paper,i realy cant wait to read the next one..thank you martha.x

  111. CAROLINE March 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm #



  112. Trish March 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    Me too, just finished the 3rd one last night, can`t find any info on a 4th one, but I`m sure there will be one.

  113. Rose March 18, 2010 at 11:25 pm #

    Dear Martha

    Ive read all of your books up to date, and they have inspired me so much. I to have a hard life and I find much comfort in your books. I really hope there is a forth book coming soon. I have sent your books to some of my relations in America and they have said that they are absolutly amazing books and what a strong and amazing person you are, keep up the good work and please let me know if there will be a forth book.
    thank you,

  114. CAROLINE March 19, 2010 at 12:56 am #

    i really hope so too would be good to find out how martha gets on shes had a terrible life with so many people taking advantage i hope she has found the happiness she needs

  115. Alice Pool March 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    Can anyone tell me when the fourth book is coming out. having withdrawral systems waiting!!!! please please please.

    • Mandy August 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

      Hi It is out Sept 2nd next month it’s called Ma, now i’m goin up in the world

    • julie November 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

      september her 4th books out 2010

  116. Laura Dunkley March 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

    Dear Martha

    I read “Ma, he sold me…” last year when I visited London and found it to be one of the most powerful books I have ever read. My 21 yr old at the time, cried for you and your siblings. At home again, I looked you up and got book 2 through Amazon and waitied eagerly for word of the third. I visited Dublin in February and recognized some of the streets, we walked O’Connell Street, visited Clery’s and walked along the Liffey. While in Dublin, I picked up your third and read it when I got home and the anger it stirred in me at the nuns and the Irish middle class makes me want to thump my kids for not appreciating what they have. I am waiting to hear what happens to you afterwards. Keep on writing, we need to know what happens to both you and Charlie.

  117. suzette April 4, 2010 at 3:44 am #

    This has to be the most disturbing read I have ever experienced, actually affecting my every thought at the moment. As others have said, they enjoyed the book and couldn’t put it down once started, well I have found the opposite. The fact that this is a true account of Martha’s young life is making it difficult for me to read any more then a few pages at a time. I read at night and Martha’s story is actually keeping me awake just visualising her years growing up with this monster Jackser and a mother almost as bad. This is a horrific story and how anyone could survive is just beyond me. And like other readers, poor little Charlie, where is he now? I am almost at the end of this first account of Martha’s life and I keep flicking the pages forward to see if there is any fairytale ending but what I am reading is that the nightmare continues. My heart is forever scarred by this story.

  118. Zahra Anderson April 11, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    The only problem with your books, Martha, is that I can’t put them down and get on with my daily duties. I’ve just finished your third one, and I am totally involved in your life, rooting for you and wanting you to succeed. I am sure you have, and I am waiting for the books that share that part of your life with us.
    When young people have a loving family etc. they soooo much take it for granted. I suggest you start doing school visits to share your experiences with young people and help them get a perspective on their own lives. I think you would be an extremely successful inspirational speaker at schools.
    All the best to you.

  119. tracy May 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    i’ve read all three books and have the fourth on pre-order. Martha, your life haunts me (and that of your siblings especially Charlie, i can’t get the images of this poor little uncared for boy running along holding the pram going nowhere,or of when he opens the door to you when you come back from england, out of my mind). It all makes me want to tell my 3 children over and over how much i love them. We’re all just waiting for a happy ending. i just drink it all in knowing that we’ll get the answers, i hope they are the right ones and that it is a happy ending. i wonder did our paths ever cross? my parents both lived in north dublin inner city tenements in the 50s during their early childhoods. I’d love to have a coffee in cafolla’s with you…(reminds me of the Mayfair Grill in O’Connell St) but i’d say the fan queue is very long. I hope you can now enjoy your comforts, roaring warm fires, fries, endless cups of tea……. You are a real Hero xxx ps I saw that you mentioned that your daughter Tina has a son called Charlie…I hope its not in memory of your brother…….

  120. teresa June 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    what wonderful books cant wait for more..shes an absolute wonderful inspiration

  121. karen June 30, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    I have just minutes ago finished your first book and am overwhelmed with emotion at your story….what a terrible time you had in Dublin all those years ago. My heart ached for you and Charlie and the the other childre all the way thru but at times you had me laughin with your mad irish wit with your bold ways and crackin sense of humour….be jaysus, how you still had your sense of humour while sufferin so much is beyond me. Like other readers I hoped to find out that Jackser had died a horrible death for the things he put you and them kids thru…. I am a mother of 2 myself and think Sally wasnt fit to look after herself never mind 5 kids. She let you down so much by not protecting you from tha bandy auld evil b*stard, you deserved so much more than you got. I sincerely hope that writing your books has healed your heart and your life is full of everthing you lacked in your childhood…hugs and kisses, plenty of delicious food and nice clean clothes…and above all, people around you that love you and protect you from the horrors of this world. Cant wait to read the next 2 books and carry on your journey with your irish accent singin in me head…i have my fingers crossed that you, dear Charlie and the other poor childre are released from the grips of them animals you called parents….sending you lots of love and many thanks for sharing your story.

    Karen Bolton

  122. Jane S July 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    Hi Martha,

    I’ve read all 3 of your books and like all the others that have read them, I could not stop reading. I took your first book with me on a two week vacation and walking into a book store and found your second and third book. Within a couple of days, I’d read all 3!
    I just hope your life has changed from your childhood, because if anyone deserves a better life is you. I just can’t fathom why your mother did not protect you and your siblings??? I hope your brother Charlie survived the abuse from that monster Jackser.
    I also pleased to read that you have children of your own. I know that you would be a wonderful mother and ensured that your children would not ever live a day not knowing that you love them.
    I wish you contentment, happiness and a life full of love, hugs and kisses. God bless you.

  123. Cath Perth Australia July 10, 2010 at 4:48 am #

    With school holidays coming up I found your book in ouir staffroom book club selection and so far have done none of my holiday jobs!!Like all those before me, your book has left me agonizing over your fate. I finished it last night and am today looking you up on the net! Never have I bothered to do this before. I shall be searching out the next ones to see how your life proceeded.
    I grew up in the fifties outside London an only child of a widowed mother and at times things were difficult but never ever anything like your experiences.
    I hope and pray that you have a wonderful life now and I am sure you have provided a warm loving family home for your own children.
    Sharing this with us all must have been so difficult.The younger generation seem to think life has dealt them a raw deal if they don’t get a trip to Bali when “all” their friends are going or a Billabong T-shirt instead of one from K’Mart.Not having food day after day or going round in rags is something they would never believe could happen.
    I look forward to hearing of your success and happiness! Many big hugs,

  124. Anne July 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

    Hi Martha,Thankyou for sharing your life and iam sure that by doing so you have helped many people including my self appreciate what they have.I look forward to book 4 and wish you and your family every happiness…you deserve it !

  125. junella hettig July 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    hello martha,
    i just finished reading ma,he sold me for a few ciggerites.Im speechless!So many different feelings I could go all day.I imdiately had to google you.Looking forward in reading your next books.I would love to just chat with you.I have three kids,and you inspire and remind me when situations get tough,you are strong enough to get thru it.
    Thank you for writing.
    Junella hettig
    A proud kiwi living in Australia

  126. Mandy August 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    Great books can’t wait till next month when the new book 4th in the series Ma,now I’m goin up in the world comes out

  127. DEANNE MURPHY August 10, 2010 at 12:06 pm #


  128. Trish August 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    Been waiting for the fourth book, pre-ordered it from Amazon last week, it`s due out September 2nd, can`t wait.

  129. Gina August 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    I’m gone past half way in Ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes and it’s heartbreaking how anyone could get through that kind of childhood with a posotive attitude. I’m looking forward to reading the second and third book.

  130. Caroline, Dublin September 4, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    Hi Martha just finished your book “Ma, he sold me for a few cigrettes and was so heart breaking, I just about to start your 2nd book and I feel know Martha Long, what an inspiration to kids growing up in such a horrific life, makes me really appreicate the life I grew up in.
    Caroline, Dublin

  131. Del September 6, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    Hi martha,

    By now I have read all of your 4 books. As i read them i felt a strong rage towards the people that had hurt you so much and left you scars in life which take so much effort to remove. I believe that somebody like you is very unique as not many of us would be able to stand what you have in life and for that you should look at yourself with great pride. You have made it through so much bad stuff but have successfully grown into a great women and give many others hope out there when you share your story. I hope that life has turned out better for you then you hoped for as you truly deserve every bit of it.

    I would love it if you came to australia for book signing if it is ever possible

    All the best to you and your family, take care of yourself and know that you have inspired many people in the world

  132. sue stevenson September 7, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Martha,no words of mine can express how I am feeling reading the first and second books in the ‘Ma’ series. I had a very strict Father and although he was ‘handy’ with his hands, compared to the life you suffered he was a pussy cat. I really think that this book should be on every Secondary School book shelf. After all it only 50 years ago, things have changed so much since then……………or have they?????
    Just going to begin the third book, I do hope that we find out about Charlie is this book.
    I hope now that you are so happy that the heart that was broken so many times is now bursting with love and contentment. To your children I say,”You have a wonderful woman as your Mum, always treasure her as she treasures you”
    With every good wish

  133. patriciamcquillan September 18, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    hi martha. have just read book four ma, i’m goin up in the world.
    please tell me there is going to be a fifth book.please,please,please.your writing enthrauls me i’m addicited.please let us know how soon we can get it if there is one.i love all your books and i have my friends the same way.

    patricia (belfast)

  134. colette barry September 20, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    hello ive just finished ma im all grown up in the world ive read all up to now the keep me glued cant put them down is there another one to follow oh hope there is what happens when you went to the home for unmarried mothers oh i cant believe how it ended please say you got your happy ending in life your amazing woman your books are brillant reading your the best colette

  135. Anne Hubbard September 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    I have just read Martha’s last book and have read all four in a month.I could not put them down.What a lady she is and will never understand how she came through it all.How cruel can some people iff you can call them that to put children through so much brutality and neglect.They will certainley have to answer to someone iff not in this life then the next.I am also wanting to know what happened to her siblings.Her last book had such a sad ending that I hope she will be writing more up to who and where she is today.It was as someone said so dam tragic in parts yet so funny in others.As I was reading them I wanted to take her in my arms and keep her warm and let her know that I would have loved her and taken on her siblings as well.Telling our loved ones we love them each day and just a hug means more than all the money in the world.I lost my only son for years ago and unless anyone has lost a child no one knows what it is like.I made lots of mistakes bringing up my children as we all do.I always loved them and made sure they were fed and clean and warm.My biggest belief is that the Catholic Church have to change the rules on married priests as they are being stopped from what comes natural to most men.I know it is their choice when they go into it but it is all wrong.I admire this lady so much and would love tomeet her for a chat.Well done Martha and enjoy your money you make from these books.You deserve every penny of it.

  136. jess jarvis October 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    I have just finished your book and what can I say ? you are one amazing person and i look forward to reading the second book and i hope that rat jackser got his cumupence !

  137. elsie rafferty October 30, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    martha i would just like to say how much i enjoyed your first book i have just finished it to day and have found your website now i no there are two other books il be out on monday to see if i can find them i like many others could nt put it down it realy was unbelievable how you survived it all i hope the other children are well and got away from that evil evil man god bless you martha xxx

  138. christiane wollenberger October 31, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    dear Martha,

    YOU ARE AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    just reading ma,he sold me for a few cigarettes…it leaves me speechless…. i have nothing to add…..



  139. Phil Hughes November 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Read all your books Martha….Absolutely brilliant! You are such an inspiration……..I laughed and cried at the same time! Cant wait for the next one. Keep writing and keep up the good work! Best wishes, Phil.

  140. joan dixon November 5, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    Hello Martha, I have just finished reading your 4th book, Ma I;m goin’ up in the world.I think I am about the same age as you. I am Australian and was bought up so very differently I cried many times reading your books.You are such a beautiful writer. As I was reading your last book I kept thinking I wish I somehow could have come over to Ireland and bought you home to the comfort of my home and parents. God really did look out for you Martha you beautiful girl God Bless you forever and always. Joan xxx

  141. kathleen corcoran November 16, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    Am waiteing for your next book im locked up in a madhouse. What a wonderful read your last books were

  142. Sam November 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    chanced on these at my library, just read the first one, could not put it down, what an amazing story. Didn’t know that I had started the 3rd one til I looked on here, so reserved 2 & 4 from library as well, cant wait to read them. How she kept her humour when so young and going thru that, I will never ever know. x

  143. vicky kelly December 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    I absolutely love martha’s book she truely is an inspiration and an amazing woman…. I’m wondering if you can buy her book for a sony reader as i’ve tried most of the sights but cant seem to find them. Thank youxxx

  144. Val Thompson January 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    OMG i am still reeling with emotions of every kind from the first book…. I wanted to scoop all the children up and take them home to love,feed and care for them all, especially Martha.A child that was never a child by the sounds of it and what courage and intelligence and humour amongst all the horror of her life did she have!When i finished the book i felt down because i wanted to know what happened to Martha and Charlie but equally i needed to know that Jackser had suffered some terrible fate!!!I am definately getting the sequel asap
    Marntha you are a shining star and a truly courageous human being. Love to you

  145. Fiona Kemp January 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    I promised myself I would never read another Poor, Drunken Irish, Catholic book again after Angela’s Ashes and a few others, but I really, well I was going to say enjoyed Ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes, but that’s not the word, actually there probably is no word to describe reading your book,I am still haunted. The images I conjured up while reading, probably don’t even come close to reality. I am so ANGRY…

    • Bridget January 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      I am on the 4th book about half way through. I am going around the house calling my daughter Missus amd my son young fella and Jaysus look at the state of ya. I am a culchie by the way but married to a northsider. They think I have totally lost it being 2 Aussies. I love the Dublin humour in the book. I didn’t recommend the first book to anyone because I was also very disturbed by the book and I had nightmares. Yes I am angry life is cruel and is for millions of children worldwide today but I hope Ireland has improved I don’t think the Nuns would get away with it today. I consider myself very lucky. I went to a convent school and I have to say the Nuns were nothing compared to the Nuns in the second book and were good people. Thanks Martha

  146. wendy edwards January 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    carnt imagine what you went through could not put them down i have read three of them hope there is more

  147. abby kebell January 13, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    wot an amazin story you are such a strong person dont think i could eva have dealt with it the way u did…. my heart went out to you and life can be sooo crule. i couldnt put the book down once i started reading.. and you think their is sooo much worse out their than your own problems well i think ur an amazin person and hope u found happieness xx

  148. February 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    martha what a story i have read the 4 books . what can i say only u are one amazoning woman. I would love to know how charlie got on, also would like to know if there is more book about the rest of you.that last one i read was ma im coming up in the world .

  149. Marcella McGivney February 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    it seems i am a bit late to discover this book (it was lying around my mothers house and the title caught my eye) I have just finished Ma, He sold me… and am off to the bookshop to buy the next one in the morning.

    What an unbelieveable start to life Martha Long had, my heart broke for her on every page. She had sense beyond her years and love in her heart for anyone that would give her even an ounce of compassion. God forgive me but I hope tha oul bastard got his cumuppance – he was rotten to the core and i’m sure he is toasting away nicely down below.

    Hats off to you Martha , u really are an inspiration. Let all the moaning Michaels out there read this story and put every thing in to perspective for them.

    You are a true heroine.

    • lisa keaysx October 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

      i agree like for sure

  150. catherine March 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm #


    I just want to go out there and give you a big hug…you are fantastic women to go through all you went through. You remind me of myself at times the way you are so resilient and courageous you are! However I did not have an awful step father like you had, to live in constant fear must have being awful. I’m so glad you are writing these books because it changed my life and my view of other people. I live in inner city Dublin, not too far from Summerhill but I’m originally from the west of Ireland. But i look at those kids a lot different! Im so sorry you went through all that pain growing but Im sure your life has changed a lot now. I just want to say that I admire you so much and please keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to us all!
    P.S I’m telling all my friends about your book, I only read the first but I’m going to go and read all your books as I’m dying to hear what happens to the rest of the family. Love Catherinexx

  151. Kirsten Dobbyn April 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    hi i love all ur books . there amazing . does anyone know when the 5th book ” Ma,I’ve got meself locked up in the mad house ” when its out ? xx kirsten xx

  152. Anne Hubbard April 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    I have just looked on Amazon and her new book is out on the 1st Sept.Regards Anne.

  153. Jenny McIvor May 23, 2011 at 2:38 am #

    Wow, what a wonderful read. I had so many different emotions whlie reading Ma,he sold me for a few cigretts. The book was given to me by a freind. I had to get online a find out if there are any more books by you.
    I always thought I had a sad childhood, but as my Mum said:- there is always someone worsr off than you!! Very true. I hope you have had a better adulthood.
    Looking forward to reading the next book.

  154. CDel July 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    I have only read the first book “cigarettes”. It was so graphic and it drew me in to her sad world. I am ordering her other two books now. I want to see what happens to her. It is amazing what people go through and come out the other side of. She is an amazing author. I hope they make a film of Martha’s life. What a strong child she was. Read it, it’s one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

  155. Damien July 6, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Congratulations on a wonderful read.. It is such a heartrending story,, unbelievable that you had to endure such suffering and abuse.
    I hope you can forgive those who made life so miserable for you especially Jackser.
    Looking forward to your next book.

  156. Davina Taylor July 21, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Just Finished Ma he sold me for a few cigarettes and I could not put it down
    I cried most of the way through it, She edured such a horrific childhood.
    Going on line to get Ma I am getting meself a new Mammy. I have to see do things get better for you.

    It was fantasically wriiten……………

    Kindest Regards

  157. josie clarke August 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    just finished reading the third book. you are an inspiration. can’t wait to the next one

  158. jackie August 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    My god iv just finished the book MA im going up in the world what a great book cant wait for Marta to wright the next book what a great woman she is have read all her books

  159. sahron September 9, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    marta you remind me of my very good friend who was taking from class for the nuns to dress her i stole to make sure she was dressed not from shops from my bigger sisters she was and allways be my best friend i only wish i knew she was ok now

  160. bernie September 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    hi martha just finished ur last book wanting to know is there a 5th book i think the way the story ended ther has to be

  161. chris wright October 4, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    Dear Martha, Oh my god how this world makes me cringe. I often wonder why on earth we are here, what is the lesson that we are to learn. I work in the field of mental health and see the effects of child abuse. I just hope what people say is true and that god will provide justice in the end. For all of you out there who have, or are suffering, hold on, like Martha do not let them win by taking your spirit. Love to everyone!

  162. Gill October 18, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    Hello Martha,
    I have just finished reading Ma, Ive got myself locked up in the Mad House.
    I could not put the book down! At the end of each book I feel your spirit and positive. Even when the chips are down you have fight in you and turn things around to be positive. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your life with us.
    Without giving too much away after reading your last book I am so excited for you and cannot wait for book 6!

  163. Diane Cudahy October 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    I have just finished book 5 “Ma, Ive got myself locked up in the Mad House”. I have loved every one. My one and only complaint is having to wait for the next one.
    Martha you have an amazing spirit and love for life, I am sure most of your ardent readers would not have survived what you have been through.

  164. lisa keaysx October 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    go on marta good books kid lisa keays limerick

  165. jan October 28, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    Hi, I have just finished your latest book, I am relieved that you got yourself back on track at that time. All your books have been such intense reading, I have gone through emotions of disgust, crying, laughter and anguishes. You are a very strong person, I do not know how you have survived, physically or mentally, over the years from your hard and abusive, up bringing. I am sure most of us today would have given up long before. I just cannot wait for the next book and to know whether you find true love in your life.When oh when will it be in the shops ?

  166. anna October 30, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    I finished ma Im going up in the world………and I’m totally distessed, cant sleep, you are always on my mind…..can you be in love at 18 and never love again

  167. Anne November 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Ive just finished your latest book…Ma i,ve got meself locked up in the mad house. your 5th book! what an amazin woman ! cant wait for the next book Martha. you are one very strong woman and you deserve the very best life can offer !

  168. yvonne November 7, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Just finished ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes. This book would never have been my first choice but was passed on to me by a family member. Never before have I read a book that made me cry,just wanted to dive into the pages and pull Martha and Charlie out and save them from the abuse. Martha you are a brave soul, your abuse was relentless, how you found the courage to get through it all I will never know.

  169. Margaret November 11, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    I have just finished, Ma I’ve got meself locked up in the mad house, your 5th book, you are one amazing woman Martha. I can’t wait for your 6th book.
    You have some courage & strength, wish you all the best forever.
    Margaret from Cork

  170. Catherine O'Connor November 17, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    Wow! I’m just in the middle of reading “Ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes. This book is one which you will not be able to put down. It takes hold of you and keeps you sucked in! Very sad but yet in parts very happy. An eye opener for what it must of been like to have grown up in such poverty.

  171. marie north December 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    hi martha i have just read all 5 of your books couldnt put them down what a women cant wait for number 6hope your happy at last good luck to you.

    • linda April 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

      what is book 5 called please

  172. Carly McConnell December 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    I’ve never felt so heartbroken and uplifted all at the same time. I’ve just read “Ma, he sold me for a few cigarettes”. I read it in a day as I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t want it to end. So now I’ve discovered the rest of Marthas memoirs it feels like I’ve won the lottery! So grateful to Martha for sharing her life with us.. Martha Long you are my hero.

  173. anna ives December 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    hello martha , iv just read your 4th book” ma iv got meself locked up in the mad house”
    it was as fantastic as your last three, i cant wait for the 5th book , i sincerly hope its out soon .
    thankyou so much for sharing your story.

    • anna ives December 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

      sorry i must ammend my last comment . iv read all five books, and i am now awaiting the 6th, they were all fantastic reading…………….

  174. Noleen chambers January 1, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    Hi is there going to b anymore instalments if so when will it b out u r a fantastic writer the books u have read are amazing x

  175. Lucy January 1, 2012 at 3:53 am #

    You prove the strength of the soul. You gave me courage and feelings l will never forget. You are beyond special. The power inside you dear lady to still love after such hell!! Wow! You are a warrior for God. I LOVE YOU!!!!
    Always and forever
    Lucy Najm

  176. Colin Schwass January 4, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    Martha, started reading your 1st book that was gifted to my 18 year old daughter who’s not much of a reader. Enjoyed it thoroughly, probably due mainly to the parallels personally experienced. Growing up in NZ I never starved due mainly to the abundance of food in paddocks, the local rivers & beaches as well as neighbours back yards, but I certainly remember the torture & abuse, the cold & the squalor as well as the torment from other kids. How the corporal punishment meted out at school was laughable i comparison. Character building for certain, you’re a kindred spirit for sure. Would love to shake your hand, keep up the good work!


  177. Susan January 9, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    Matha – you are a lesson to all of us to be thankful for what we have and to realize that there is always hope no matter how bad things get. I have finished all 5 bools and am anxiously awaitingfthe 6th. Do you have any idea of when that might be available or have you even started on #6 I am keeping my eyes peeled for any sign of it. Blessing to you and to your family – you deserve more than anyone much happiness.

  178. a January 12, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    Well i finished your 5th book , i cannot wait for the 6th book. when i started to read your first book i couldnt put it down now i have them all read. i was never a person to read books but you have change me. Thank you Martha looking forward to see what happens with Ralph . god bless you .
    Angela Mckenna xxx

  179. Sarah January 15, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    I have just finished book 4 and am now about to add book 5 to my kindle and all i can say is wow what a read! Your books are fantastic, I have laughed, cried, cried some more and fell for Ralph with you. I have now passed book 1 to my mum and she is hooked, we both want to kill Jackser and adopt you and your siblings!. My mum is from Ireland and remembers many of the streets and locations you mention and understands how tough it was on the streets in those days. My heart goes out to you, I had a fabulous childhood and will always appreciate it, and it makes me so sad that you hardly had a glimps of love and affection that comes from a good family. You are a remarkable person with a great character and i hope the future is more promising. So looking forward to book 5! 🙂

  180. sharon mathews January 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    plz plz plz plz plz i beg of you 2 release your next book i bought the last 1 in september and read it within a week ,ok there are other books but none grip me the way yours do. you sure have a peace of my heart matha xxxxxgod bless

  181. kery mccullough January 19, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Your books are brilliant. you are an inspiration to all survivors of abuse. God bless an take care. Xx

  182. Nora January 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    I just finished book Number 5, it was as brilliant as the others…Please, please say Book Number 6 will be published SOON!

  183. Hilary January 31, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    What a lady, I can not find words that would be good enough to describe this lady. I went through every emotion with her, I laughed with her and cried for her. Martha and her brothers and sisters were on my mind day and night. I admire you and a lot, lot more. 🙂

  184. Janine Harris February 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    hi martha….i just wanted to let you know how much of an inspiring person you are. all through school i barely picked up a book to bring home and read. my sisters friend passed on your first book to my ma (as she is from dublin so she would be able to relateto it and she also told her it was a great read) however i happend to read a few pages of it first and was hooked instantly i COULD NOT put it down…. (almost walkin into lamposts on my way to work whilst reading haha) me and my ma would talk about your book for hours at a time to see who was furthest but not give anything away it made us laugh our heads off but also cry our eyes out at same time… all my family r from dublin but i was born in england dublin is home to home for me so it was easy to picture u in my mind and read it in the dublin accent this really gripped me. we are currently on your 3rd book and are still as excited as the first we cant wait to read more,,,,you are such an interestin character thanks for sharing your story 😀

  185. Janine Harris February 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

    in addition to my last comment i think it would be AMAZING to be able to have your story on dvd i think every body above would agree ???

  186. Kerry Garth February 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    So Sad, but inspiring

  187. Mary February 19, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    Martha , I have read all your books and can hardly wait for your next one , I live in the States and my sister in Dublin has kept me going with your books , She gave me theyour last one for Christmas , I am dyeing to know the rest of your story , Your life as a child broke my heart as I lived in Dublin in those days and thought life was hard fro me untill I read what you went through , I hope and pray your life eventaually got better and you are happy and healthy now , Wish I knew what became of Sergi and the Doctor who wrote to you at the end of your last book , I guess I will have to wait !

  188. jessica oakes February 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Hi martha I’ve just read your first book and wow you are such an inspiration. Before I read your book I was feeling down and depressed because I have no job and no money, but your book has made me realise that even though I haven’t got money or a job I have a roof over my head and a loving family that I take for granted sometimes you really have changed how I feel about my life now. I feel so sorry for how you was bought up and your book reduced me to tears my heart really goes out to you and how you coped I’ll never know I hope you have a brilliant life now I’ve just ordered the rest of your books and can not wait to read them I would look forward to hearing from you but I doubt that will happen I bet you have so many fans out there. Lots of love jessica xxxx

  189. Maria Kerry March 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    A fantastic insight to poverty in that era and the suffering of poor little Martha was horrendous! Like others I wonder what became of the other children especially Charlie, poor little mites

  190. mary nolan March 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    Hi Martha

    Just wondering when is your next book out.
    Cant wait.

    from leah

  191. june clay March 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    i have read all 5 books i started reading them when was living in Melbourne Australia could not put them down my heart goes out to you
    i am now waiting for the next one hoping you have a happy ending

  192. Barb Mellahn April 16, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    After reading Martha’s first book I was thinking this should be compulsory reading in all schools & maybe the children of today might be a little more appreciative for the things they all take for granted in life & never again say the words ‘It’s not fair’ – thank you for sharing your story Martha, truly inspirational, I can’t wait to read the next 4.,

  193. Anne Taylor April 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Hi there, yes sequals are available ive read all 5 books and they are all excellent! try hope this helps

  194. carin moore April 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Sad to read that other Human beings just like us ARE so cruel and dont feel remorse or compassion and thank you Martha for sharing your storys with us …… So wish i hadve been a nurse in that hospital withya head lice , i wouldve kidnapped you and kept you for myself , good luck with all you wish for Martha xoxox my lesson iv learnt is my mother showed me what i never wanted to be selfish towards my own children ! again Thank you xox

  195. Philomena Sheehan April 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Just finished all your books Martha and I’m thinking Sept 6th is such a long way away cos each and every one of your books have been brilliant. Cant wait for the 6th one….

  196. Ruth May 5, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    hi Martha , i have finished all your books looking forward to reading your next one . you and you alone have giving me the strength to write ,as every man women & child should no what us as children of this island of Ireland , went through as young children to survive in silence in this catholic country

  197. Kerrie May 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    i am reading the first book and I’m so sorry for the pain for her so far! to think it gets worse before better from what i am reading above. the book just makes me wanna take martha and charlie n lead them to a better life 😦

  198. laura May 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    why delete honest comments???

  199. Sandra May 18, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    Wow, what an insight of another person life – I am sure that many people can relate to some of the experiences of Martha in different ways, which is very sad. But, like Martha’s courage, she’s pulling through – and changing her cycle of life. Well done for your strenght and perserverence Martha.

  200. penny June 16, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    Martha, thank you for your story. I bought all 5 at one go recently in a bookstore in Melbourne and I’m nearly finished book 4. So many familiar places all came back to me. I was born in Whitehall, Dublin in 1945 and regularly went shopping in the city with my Mam and was probably one of the little girls you saw with an ice-cream cone from Woolworths all dressed up in my best dress and black patentleather sandals. I wish you well and hope your life is good and you are at peace with your memories.

  201. patsplace2923 June 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I have just finished book no.4 Ma I’m going up in the world! I live in Australia can’t wait to get no. 5 now!!! Love your stories Martha you are a true inspiration!! You never lost a single beat of your sense of humour throughout. You made me cry & laugh & I sincerely hope ‘that bandy aul bastard’ got what was coming to him!!! Have you caught up with your brothers & sisters & Sally? Best wishes Martha for a long & happy life always :)!!!!!!! x x

  202. Sylvia Taylor June 20, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    I have only just found Martha’s first book “Ma he sold me for a few cigarettes”.

    I cannot tell you the effect it had on me. The cruelty inflicted on Martha is absolutely tragic. No child deserves a childhood (if you can call it that) like that. Words fail me, my heart bleeds for her. I will be reading the next book in the series. I pray that Martha is now getting all the happiness she deserves and that life will be good for her. God bless you Martha.

  203. Colleen July 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Martha long, you are my heroine, you are an inspiration,! to overcome all that you have. I am so looking forward to book 5. Thank you

  204. lynsay cutler July 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Just finished marthas 1st book and will be purchasing all her others , excellent and truly gripping read

  205. Kim August 29, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Ive read all five books…is there going to be a sixth….i want to know what happens when Martha meets up with Ralph again in France…All the books have been a great read !

  206. Donna. September 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Just finished reading your 5th book Martha……What a truely inspirational woman you are….All your books have been a great read for me and have made me step back and take a look at my own life………Can’t wait now to get your book ” Ma, I’ve Reached for the Moon an I’m Hitting the Stars ”
    So can’t wait to find out what happens with Ralph………You have given so much of yourself in your writing…….. and for that I am truely grateful.

  207. Philomena September 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    I have just finished the sixth book is there going to be another one?.

    • amy wright January 31, 2013 at 10:49 am #

      Hi what is the 6th books title?

  208. Donna Rooney September 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Martha Long what a women!………. I have just finished reading her 5th book and I am now staring into her 6th book ” Ma, I’ve Reached for the Moon an I’m Hittin the Stars ” and just like her past books I can’t put it down……. Only thought I had troubles until I read her stories and for that I am truely grateful and thankful………… Thanks Martha you are such an insperation.

  209. norah October 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    If I could meet one person in this world, it would be Martha Long. Amazing books,amazing person. I can’t wait to read the latest one.

  210. Linda October 3, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    Can someone please advise me which is Martha’s latest book as I think the last one I read was about the madhouse. I went to the same school as Martha and also lived in the same suberb as her mother-Finglas and would love to meet Martha some day.

  211. Elizabeth Keating October 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    I read your book on holiday 2012 and cried many times whilst reading it. You are an amazing woman to have survived after all the kicks and beatings you received from that beast Jackser. I am off out to buy Book 2 now. How did the authorities not do something about it when you were hospitalised?

  212. Gail Robertson November 3, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Dear Martha, I have read all six of your “Ma” books. I could not put them down. You have shared your life with us your readers. Your journey is indeed a remarkable one. I wish you health, happiness and most of all love. Have your three children read your books? Does Sarah visit you? I hope one day you are able to come to Australia. I will be looking forward to your next book and hope it will tell us that you have found the happiness you so richly deserve. Thank you

  213. Zereen Nisha Waniya December 6, 2012 at 1:18 am #

    Dear Martha,
    I bought your book at the airport a couple of weeks ago. I was in tears on every second page I read. I was right inside that little sad Martha; I felt every bit of your pain. As each chapter I turned to I thought things will finally get better for you, but I was sad to see that the end of the book had another beginning for you to an unknown territory. After completing this book I thought there has to be another chapter written and this cannot be the end of it. So here I am googled you page and found you on Facebook. I’m looking forward to reading your other publications more so desperate to know your happy ending. The book has helped me realise and understand some of my own feelings of my sad childhood. The only difference is that we are living in a modern world today and there are lot of government agencies which have raised more awareness. However, I believe there is always going to be a “Martha” somewhere sitting, crying and suffering. Sad.

  214. Flory Nkem January 29, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    I am an immigrant living in Dublin. Reading this first book- “Ma, he sold me for some cigarettes” broke my heart. I keep praying that God will heal all the wounds for Martha and her siblings especially Charlie.
    I will definitely read the other books. it is indeed sad that this can happen in Europe. We had worse experience in Africa. The truth must be told. i salute your courage.

  215. amy wright January 31, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    Hi I’m on to the 5th book ”ma av got mesel locked up in the mad house” when will the 6th book be available to buy and what’s its title?

  216. Chris simmie February 9, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Dear Martha,
    I am a 60 year old lady mother of 4 divorced catholic, I know how the Church has changed us I have a brother who has been molested by a Priest yet I still find myself still tied to the Church. I have read all but your last book I have cried and laughed and I admire your strength and determinationto just keep on going. I do hope you eventually caught up with your brother ,I also believe what goes around comes around so many good things will come your way.
    My prayers are for you .

  217. Lyn Moffett February 24, 2013 at 4:39 am #

    I have read the first instalment and only now finished the third. I came online to read up on Miss Long and just discovered there are a second and fourth edition. I will certainly buy the missing books. Although her life has had terrible beginnings she still maintains a terrific sense of humour and I actually laughed aloud at some of her sayings. I also feel that she shows such courage to and grit to overcome whatever life throws at her. Cant wait to read the other books and would be interested to know if there are any other books penned by her. Makes you take stock of your own home lifestyle and realise things could be worse for each and everyone of us,,, much much worse. I hope her final book brings her the life she truly deserves. . God bless.

    • administrator August 15, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

      Thank you. There are seven books in the series. The final one is published next month. Do come to the launch if you’re anywhere near Dublin or London.

  218. Stephanoe June 11, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    I am so disappointed I only discovered Martha Long books this year i have all the Ma series but am truly hoping there is a follow up to Ma i’ve Got Meself Locked Up In the Mad House, what fantasic writing but i am lost to find out what happens next !!!

  219. Mary Casey June 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    I have read the first two books and have been searching online to see if there is any more to follow, thankfully there is, Martha you truly are a remarkable lady and like others I two wish you all the happiness in the world and really hope you have found love and comfort in your life today. I also hope Charlie and the others came through the awful ordeal and are now happy and loved. Oh I especially hope that bandy aul bastard did die roaring and alone.

    • administrator August 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

      You are going to love the final book, Ma, Jackser’s Dyin’ Alone out next month. Come to the launch if you are anywhere near Dublin or London.

      • Georgia Culhane August 17, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

        When and where and I will be there, would very much like to attend.

      • administrator August 28, 2013 at 10:40 am #

        Full details are on the website and Facebook page. 19 September in Dublin. 26 September in London.

  220. Aunty August 24, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Hi “Administrator”, I’ve already put my name down at the local book store for a copy of Martha’s upcoming publication and can hardly wait. I’ve read most of the comments above and was wondering whether Martha herself reads the support and outpouring of love from all of these people. It can’t erase the past unfortunately, but like a lot of these posters, I wish I knew her during her darkest moments but, not sure I would have survived what Martha has endured. It angers me that even the Catholic church couldn’t heal these abused children, they used them as servants and could not find compassion in their hearts to make children like Martha, feel loved and protected. Even after all this adversity, it seems that Martha will even find compassion towards the Jackser last days. What a story! I know I’ll have mixed feeling reading the next “chapter”.
    Jane S-H

    • administrator August 28, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      Martha reads all of the comments on the website and Facebook although she doesn’t have time to respond to them personally. She does manage her own Twitter account if you would like to follow her there. Thank you very much for your comments. I know she would love to meet you if you can come to either of the events.

  221. Julie Brady September 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    what an amazing person martha is ,even though she never had much of a mother and no dad she was a fantastic mother to charlie and the other children , trying to protect them from there everyday hell , i fell in love with charlie so much and hope he is doing ok ,does anyone know how charlie is today?
    It breaks my heart knowing that even today other children are going through such abuse , martha long your an inspiration and i wish you so much love and happiness in your future xx once again if anyone knows what happened to little charlie could they let me know!!! x

  222. Mala Wardell September 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Dear Martha, I have just finished reading ‘Ma, He Sold Me For A Few Cigarettes’. I cannot begin to express my feelings upon reading your story. There were moments of laughter and happiness, but mainly of sadness, worry and anger. I gave birth to my first child last year, a little boy, who I would die for. I could not stop thinking of him whilst reading your story and for some reason, I kept thinking of him whenever Charlie was mentioned. My heart was breaking when I was reading your story, and every time something good happened to you I wished with all my heart that it would continue. I am so sorry that you had such a horrific experience, and for little Charlie as well, plus your other siblings who clearly were not looked after well at all. No-one deserves to be treated the way you all have been and I have the utmost admiration and respect for you – to fight your way out of the pit of despair and triumph evenutually (not that I have read any of your other books yet, but I am guessing you have triumphed in your own way). I wish you all the very best with your future and would love to meet you at the launch if I am able to make it. All the best wishes to Charlie and the rest of your family also. With love, Mala.

  223. Susan January 20, 2016 at 11:12 pm #

    I have just finished Run, Lily, Run and absolutely loved it. I have no doubt there will be a sequel as we were left hanging, literally on a cliff! Can anyone tell me what the time frame might be for book # 2?

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