CALL ME MUMMY. IT’LL BE BETTER IF YOU DO.
Glamorous, beautiful Mummy has everything a woman could want. Except for a daughter of her very own. So when she sees Kim – heavily pregnant, glued to her phone and ignoring her eldest child in a busy shop – she does what anyone would do. She takes her. But little foul-mouthed Tonya is not the daughter that Mummy was hoping for.
As Tonya fiercely resists Mummy’s attempts to make her into the perfect child, Kim is demonised by the media as a ‘scummy mummy’, who deserves to have her other children taken too. Haunted by memories of her own childhood and refusing to play by the media’s rules, Kim begins to spiral, turning on those who love her.
Though they are worlds apart, Mummy and Kim have more in common than they could possibly imagine. But it is five-year-old Tonya who is caught in the middle…
Tina was brought up in a caravan after her mother, a fairground traveller, fell pregnant by a window cleaner. After leaving the bright lights of Coalville, she came to London and worked as a journalist and broadcaster for thirty years. She’s probably best known as a television critic for the BBC and GMTV. Call Me Mummy is Tina’s first novel, partly inspired by her own unsuccessful attempts to have a child. Despite the grief and disappointment of that, she hasn’t stolen one. So far.
Oh my goodness, what a book! Prepare to go on a rollercoaster ride where you will hold your breath from beginning to end.
If you’re looking for a book that talks about suburbia, wealthy families with 2.4 cars and the children to match, you’re in the wrong book.
However, if you’re wanting to look at real working class people, warts and all then this really is your book.
It’s full of darkness and desperation, but there’s grim gallows humour. Also harrowing pain of people who are more usual than many people realise.
I liked the characters of Kim and Steve just doing their best to cope with a harrowing situation.
Mummy was horrendous and even knowing about her, I had understanding but she wasn’t thankfully, likeable.
I feel the author bared her soul and she weaves one hell of a tale that gets under your skin.
If this isn’t a bestseller then I don’t know why! It’s certainly going to be one of my top books of the year as it explores the depths that people will go to.
Thanks for the ARC to Pigeonhole, Tina Baker and Miranda Jewess at Viper.