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  • Title: A Grand Man
  • Author: Catherine Cookson
  • ISBN: 9780708843772
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
  • Me da s a grand man Mary Ann Shaughnessy has spoken question her who dare For although Mary Ann may look quite an ordinary small girl from a dockland tenement, always hot in defense of a ne er do well father, she is in fact a one man army, armoured with faith and possessed of formidable qualities Set on Tyneside, the part of the world which Catherine Cookson knew and Me da s a grand man Mary Ann Shaughnessy has spoken question her who dare For although Mary Ann may look quite an ordinary small girl from a dockland tenement, always hot in defense of a ne er do well father, she is in fact a one man army, armoured with faith and possessed of formidable qualities Set on Tyneside, the part of the world which Catherine Cookson knew and understood so well, this heartwarming and humorously observed book skillfully weds an authentic and unsentimentalized background to the kind of fairytale story that we all like to believe could come true and which the Mary Ann Shaughnessys of this world know to be true.The moral of A Grand Man is simply that faith can move mountains, but the delight of the book lies in the telling and in the character of its heroine as she battles, connives, and bargains to get a better way of life for those she loves and especially for the grand man himself A Grand Man is the first of the Mary Ann stories and was made into a film, Jacqueline, in 1954.
    A Grand Man Me da s a grand man Mary Ann Shaughnessy has spoken question her who dare For although Mary Ann may look quite an ordinary small girl from a dockland tenement always hot in defense of a ne er do well

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    1. I have loved the Mary Ann books since I first read them when I was in my teens There is something about them that touches my heart.Mary Ann Shaughnessy lives with her ma Lizzie, her older brother Michael and her da Mike The family used to live in a proper house but because her da often got sick they had moved several times With each move their home got smaller and now they live in two rooms in Mulhatten s Hall a tenement block on Tyneside The whole street know that Mike is a drunk, they pity Liz [...]

    2. Really enjoyed reading this book Yet another brilliant story by Catherine Cookson Storytelling at it s best Recommended.

    3. This is the first in a series of eight novels about a fiesty British girl named Mary Ann In this first one, we are introduced to some of the main characters that I presume we will be seeing of in the next seven Mary Ann is eight years old in this one and she lives with her ma and da and brother, Michael Across the street is a girl named Sarah Flannigan, Mary Ann s most hated enemy Mary Ann s best friend would have to be Father Owen, a priest that she likes to confide in And Mary Ann has a lot t [...]

    4. I did like this book as well as all Catherine Cookson books I ve read her off and on since high school This is a true picture of what a family goes thru with a da who is addicted to alcohol and gambling It is told thru the eyes of the 8 year old daughter, who is a very strong little girl for her age She withstands the ridicule of her friends and neighbors and eventually relying on her faith and her own tenacity secures a job for her da on a local estate and farm There is a surprise ending that I [...]

    5. In this novel we are introduced to Mary Ann Shaughnessy a tiny girl full of personality and daring Her escapades keep you laughing and it is hard to put down this book Her meeting with Mr Lord had me in stitches We are also introduced to Sarah Flannagan, Mary Ann s enemy who is always taunting her Mary Ann doesn t like her Grannie either, but then who would A fun book , lots of laughs.

    6. This is different than any book I have read It s a quick read and I recommend it We are reading it for book club and I am glad I ll have people to talk about it with Can that much purposefully blind faith, loyality, love etc really make that much of a difference I have seen and known families affected by an alcoholic family member and it is too tragic and heartbreaking.

    7. I read all of Catherine Cookson s books some years ago and enjoyed them immensley I recently re read all of them and find that on a second look I found them all so very predictable, and was rather disappointed However I m sure that it is my tastes that have changed not the calibre of her story telling.

    8. Growing up in Ireland with an alcoholic but beloved father I like all the books in the series but the later books are a little grim with family disappointments.

    9. I read this series as a young girl and they made such an impression on me that I still remember them vividly 35 years later

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