A Greyhound of a Girl

A Greyhound of a Girl
Roddy Doyle
Reviewed by Sheila O'Reilly
Scholastic
Thu, 01/09/2011
9781407129334
£10.99

This is a tender story of love between mothers and daughters over four generations. Twelve-year-old Mary’s grandmother is near the end of her life. Letting go is hard, until Granny’s long-dead mother appears at Mary’s door, returning to help her dying daughter say goodbye. Doyle is a joy to read: his descriptive passages make the reader feel as if they are walking across the farmyard, looking for their mum. There are wonderful, funny conversations between Mary and her Mum that lighten the seriousness of the book. A Greyhound of a Girl is a sharp, sad and tender tale of family history that will entrance readers aged 10+, introducing them to issues of death and ways to say goodbye.

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