Tina Baker 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. .
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.