Ma, It’s a Cold Aul Night an I’m Lookin for a Bed
by Martha Long
Editor: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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In this final episode of Martha Long’s real life account of abuse, deprivation and cruelty at the hands of her mother, her partners and the setting up, Martha is now 16 years old and her time at school conventIn Ma, C’est un Rhume Aul Nuit je suis Lookin pour un Lit, she leads us through her first month of freedomWith no house to go to, Martha leaves the convent carrying her suitcase and a burning ambition to shake her poor pastHungry to become a person who will blend into the middle classes, Martha aspires to be accepted as someone who can be loved, respected, and one day have her own home, where she will be safeBut it was the 1960s in Dublin, where poverty was pervasive and the Church worked with the Irish government to keep the poor and ignorant in their place.Martha first finds working as a home helper with a magnet, animated family, which leads her to a job in a shop, an Italian fish and coffee chip, then, like a skivvy in a miserable home where she remembered the terror Jackser brought into her lifeAt random meetings with brothers and old friends of Martha’s lifting convent spirits, but soon she is back on the streets in search of work and a warm bed to call her ownMartha isn’t often discouraged when she comes out with a blow.”Life is a bowl of cherriesShe’s got reasons.But the sorrow of love waits for people to spread them and predators to hide in the shadows
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