The Woman Who Walked into Doors : Paula Spencer

  • by Roddy Doyle
  • Narrated by Caroline Lennon
  • Series: Paula Spencer
  • 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Paula O'Leary is hugely popular with the boys from her working-class Dublin neighbourhood. But it is the charming Charlo Spencer who finally gets her. Yet after their honeymoon, everything changes. When Charlo first strikes her, she is stunned. But as his violent outbursts develop from slaps and bruises to broken fingers and knocked-out teeth, she gradually loses all self-respect, denying how bleak things are and drinking heavily. This is the heart-rending story of a woman struggling to reclaim her dignity after a violent, abusive marriage.

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What the Critics Say

"In feeling the pulse of a raw Dublin suburb, Doyle is recording a beat which can be recognised all over the world." (The Times)
"[Doyle] climbs into a woman's skin so brilliantly that you have to pinch yourself to remember this was written by a man." (Sunday Express)

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Customer Reviews

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Such insight!

This isn't a shock-horror sort of book, using gratuitous violence to stun the reader. Rather, it shows how domestic violence is almost a daily experience for some women. The most shocking aspect is the realisation that this is just an ordinary family. There's almost certainly a 'Paula' living in your street!
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- Steven

Brilliant book, great performance

I have always loved this book and years ago had an audio book on cassette read by Ger Ryan (cassette - how old am I?). I loved the Ger Ryan performance and was worried how this one would measure up. Nothing to worry about. Caroline Lennon does an amazing job, I loved her performance which made a great story even better. This isn't just a straightforward story about domestic violence, it shows how complex people's relationships are. When you ask yourself why victims of domestic violence don't just leave think about this book.
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- Carolyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2007
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books