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The Bad Mother's Handbook

by Kate Long

This book is like a breath of fresh air - it follows the fortunes of an ambitious 16 year old and the frustrations of her mum who had to give up so much when she became pregnant at 16. However, she can see history repeating itself as the same thing is happening to her daughter. The characters are well observed and one can immediately identify with the setting and people. In some ways it reminds me of Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole books.

Suggested by Pam, Hertfordshire

Tagged with: emotional funny touching



I agree that this was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I was laughing one minute and crying the next. The relationships between the three generations of women was beautifully portrayed and each one had real character. I also saw the TV adaptation and thought it was very well done but nothing compares to being engrossed in a good book!
Linda, Essex
I got the audio book version of this and enjoyed it tremendously. It was particularly resonant to me as my own mother is an Alzheimer's sufferer. If you happened to see the recent TV adaptation of this, starring Catherine Tate, don't let it put you off! The book has depth and warmth, and gives real sense of the author's affection for the characters and the communities she's writing about.

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