- This autobiography is narrated through the viewpoint of a child, growing from his first actively conscious thoughts to his post-adolescent years. How effective do you think this 'voice' is, and how aware were you when you were reading it that the language and preoccupations of Frank became more sophisticated and complex as he grew up?
- The young Frankie McCourt was truly inspired by literature (in many ways it gave him the strength to survive) yet his formal education was lacking in both the encouragement and stimulus to nurture this enthusiasm. Why do you think the written work became such a positive and redeeming force in his life?
- Even after Frank's father has proved himself to be an inadequate father and husband, Angela stays with him for quite some time, and Frank never expresses any angry or bitter feelings towards his negligence. Why do you think this is, and would you have been so forgiving?
- Even when describing the most horrific and desperately sad events, Frank manages to retain a sense of humour. How do you think he maintains this balance and what effect does it have on you as the reader?
- Which single episode in the book is most memorable for you, and why?