THE MUMMYFESTO by LINDA GREEN.
The women at number 10 are ready for the mother of all battles.
When Sam, Jackie and Anna successfully campaign to save their lollipop lady, a TV reporter asks them if they fancy standing in the general election.
It is, of course, a crazy idea: Sam's youngest child has an incurable disease; Jackie is desperate for another child and her mum is struggling with Alzheimer's; and Anna's teenage children, and marriage, are in danger of going off the rails.
But sometimes the craziest ideas turn out to be the best. And just think what they could do if they did get to run the country.....
.... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): "Mummy, watch how fast I can go."
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 62): "Mummy's run over Easter bunny so there'll be no eggs this year."
"Oh," I said, trying hard not to laugh. "That's a shame."
I couldn't help thinking Millie's mum Caz could teach the government a lesson or two about how to dress up the cutbacks as a tragic accident.
MY THOUGHTS: Government cutbacks, bullying, infertility, disability, the hospice movement - all of these play a part in the story of what is essentially three ordinary women whose life experiences (along with the proposed redundancy of the school's 'lollipop' lady) compels them to stand in a general election.
Well worth persevering with, eventually The Mummyfesto turned out to be a fairly good read, it's only a shame that I had to read through so much of what I can only describe as political debate before I got to the point where picking it up became more of a pleasure and less of a chore.
Ultimately a real tear-jerker of a novel (I highly recommend you have a box of tissues at the ready), I know the book had a 'political' element to it BUT I think it had more than enough going for it chronicling the everyday lives and struggles of Sam, Jackie and Anna without the author investing so much time writing what, at times, felt too much like a party political broadcast.
DISCLAIMER: An Uncorrected Bound copy (according to the Press Release sent with the book The Mummyfesto is not available until the 28th of February 2013) read and reviewed on behalf of NEWBOOKS magazine I was merely asked for my honest opinion, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.