The Mummyfesto by Linda Green
Sometimes the craziest ideas turn out to be the best.
When Sam, Jackie and Anna successfully campaign to save their children's school lollipop lady, they are asked by a TV reporter if they fancy standing in the general election. It is, of course, a crazy idea: Sam's youngest son has an incurable disease, Jackie is desperate for another child and her mum is struggling with Alzheimers, Anna's teenagers - and marriage - are in danger of going off the rails. But just think what they could do if they got to run the country . . .
What a brilliant idea! I'd definitely vote for The Lollipop party!
The title and the blurb are slightly deceptive - this book deals with much more than it first appears to, and the issues are serious indeed. But this is what makes it work so well. The characters are brilliantly drawn, so well fleshed-out that I felt I knew them, and the secondary characters are no less real than the primary ones. Oscar, the disabled child, stole the show for me, and made me count my blessings.
The story made me cry (not many books do that to me) - you might want to keep the tissues handy.
About the Author
Linda Green is the bestselling author of eight novels. Her latest psychological thriller, After I've Gone, published by Quercus, is a top five Amazon kindle bestseller. Her previous psychological thriller, While My Eyes Were Closed, was the sixth bestselling novel on Amazon kindle in 2016, selling more than 450,000 copies across all editions. Linda was born in North London in 1970 and brought up in Hertfordshire. She wrote her first novella, the Time Machine, aged nine, but unfortunately the pony-based time travel thriller genre never took off. Linda joined her local newspaper, the Enfield Gazette, as a trainee reporter at eighteen. During a ten year career in regional journalism she worked as a reporter on the Birmingham Daily News, news editor on the Birmingham Metro News and Chief Feature Writer on the Coventry Evening Telegraph, winning Highly Commended in the Feature Writer of the Year category of the 1997 Press Gazette Regional Press Awards. By 1998 she left her staff job to write her first novel and work as a freelance journalist. She has written for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Times Educational Supplement, The Big Issue, Wanderlust and Community Care Magazine. After more than a hundred rejections from agents (and more rewrites than she cares to remember) she finally obtained a two-book deal with Headline Review in 2006. Her first novel I Did a Bad Thing was published in paperback in October 2007 and made the top thirty official fiction bestsellers list. 10 Reasons Not to Fall in Love was published in paperback in March 2009 and reached no 22 in the official fiction bestseller charts. Both novels were also long-listed for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award. They were followed by Things I Wish I'd Known, which was a top thirty paperback bestseller and And Then It Happened, which was a top forty bestseller. After five years with Headline she left to join Quercus in 2011. Her fifth novel The Mummyfesto, published in 2013, told the story of three women who set up a new political party and stand in the general election and was featured on Radio Four's Woman's Hour. Her sixth novel The Marriage Mender was published in August 2014. Linda's first psychological thriller, While My Eyes Were Closed was published in ebook in January 2016 and paperback in May 2016 and has gone on to sell more than 450,000 copies across all editions. Her latest novel, After I've Gone, has already made the top five on Amazon kindle. Linda lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and son. She enjoys travelling and has trekked after wild orang-utans in Borneo, been to the edge of the Arctic Circle to see polar bears and as far south as Tierra del Fuego to photograph penguins. She also enjoyed taking former PM David Cameron to task on Leadership Question Time in 2015. For more info, please go to Linda's website at www.linda-green.com, like @lindagreenauthor on Facebook and follow @LindaGreenisms on Twitter.