‘M is for Mammy. It’s also for Marvellous! What a wonderful story – in turns heart-breaking, heartwarming, and hilarious. Granny Mae-Anne is a FABULOUS creation.’ – Ruth Hogan
A heart-warming debut about love and language and the power of a family to heal itself
M for Mammy is a gloriously funny, bittersweet debut novel, reminiscent of the work of Roddy Doyle. It follows the fortunes of the Augustt family as they struggle to cope when Annette, the mother, suffers a stroke and is sent away to Dublin for rehabilitation.
Inimitable matriarch Granny Mae-Anne is enlisted to help and sweeps in with her cleaning products and her pictures of the pope. She doesn’t have much time for her feckless son in law Kevin, but would do anything for her grandchildren, Jacob who is five and has been diagnosed with autism, and Jenny, ten, who is besotted with books and stories and knows more about what is going on than anyone gives her credit for. Everyone is worried about how Jacob is coping, but no one seems to notice Jenny spinning off the rails. Will Mae-Anne be able to hold everything together until Annette comes home? Can they ever be a proper family again, when so much has changed?
1) Try to sleep when the baby sleeps (SO
NEVER. EVER. UNTIL YOU ARE AN EMPTY WINE-SOAKED HUSK AND FALL DOWN DEAD IN THE
BABY AISLE AT TESCO.)
2) Eat when the baby sleeps (SEE POINT
3) Remember to take time to pause and
cherish these special days (HAHAHA . . .
YOU’RE KIDDING, RIGHT?)
After a tough pregnancy, Emily is
determined to tackle motherhood like a pro. But she quickly learns that
Insta-Perfect-Parenting (and sleep) is hard to come by, no matter how much
money you spend in Mothercare.
Irritatingly, her friend Molly seems to
be breezing it. But with a business venture as well as a baby, is she taking on
Liz looks as though she might have it
all worked out. But when a tragedy derails her relationship, she has some
serious decisions to make.
From rhyme time to
wine time, THE MUMMY LESSONS follows a year of highs and lows for Emily, Molly
and Liz as they learn the hardest lesson of all: that life doesn’t always
follow the rules . . .