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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529395570

Price: £14.99

ON SALE: 14th February 2023

Genre: Health & Personal Development

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Hilarious, honest and heartbreaking, MAAME is the most moving debut of 2023 – and a heroine you’ll never forget.

*Read with Jenna Today Book Club Pick*
*Apple Book of the Month*
*A 2023 Debut of the Year as chosen by:


‘Lively, funny, poignant . . . Prepare to fall in love with Maddie. I did!’
BONNIE GARMUS, Sunday Times bestselling author of Lessons in Chemistry

‘Utterly charming and deeply moving . . . Maddie’s journey will resonate with anyone who’s had to grow up – or who’s still trying to’
CELESTE NG, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere

‘I loved every page of this beautiful, heartwarming, empowering book. An exceptional debut from an incredibly exciting new talent’
BETH O’LEARY, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Flatshare

One of the must-reads of the year’ SUNDAY TIMES
Maame (ma-meh) has many meanings in Twi, but in my case, it means woman.

What to say on a first date?
Back pain in your mid-20s normal?
Is it bad to cry at work?
% of young people who are also carers?

Meet Maddie Wright.
She wants to wear a bright yellow suit.
She wants to date men who her mother wouldn’t like.
She wants to stand up to her boss – once and for all.
She wants to know why her father can’t tell her he loves her.
She wants to stop Googling every life choice she makes.

But will the world let her?
This is a story of heartbreak, friendship, and breaking the rules – it’s a book that will leave you feeling braver than you were when you started.
‘Tender and compelling from the word go, Maame is one of the year’s most anticipated books’ STYLIST
‘A poignant and heart-warming coming of age story’ RED
‘George’s novel is a deeply moving one, packed with heart and sparkling prose’ HARPER’S BAZAAR
‘Moving, funny, poignant and completely unforgettable, you’ll love this beautiful coming of age tale’ MY WEEKLY
‘Funny, resonating and uplifting, Maame is going to be big in 2023’ EVENING STANDARD
An accomplished debut from a talented writer’ PRIMA


George has fashioned an appealing hero here: You can't help but root for Maddie's emancipation. Funny, awkward, and sometimes painful, her blossoming is a real delight to witness. A fresh, often funny, always poignant take on the coming-of-age novel
Kirkus starred review
George illustrates the complexities of navigating two cultures and rising from the pressure of other people's expectations beautifully. This is a clever and deeply moving debut
A pitch-perfect debut...The work's ample magnetism resides in the savvy portrayal of Maddie as a complicated, sharp, and vulnerable person who is trying to figure out adulthood. Readers will revel in this.
Publishers Weekly
'One of the must-reads of the year'
Sunday Times
Tender and compelling from the word go, Maame is one of the year's most anticipated books . . . Very funny and utterly readable, this is one for your reading lists'
Jessica George's Maame has a warmer, frothier take on family matters. The book follows 20-something British Ghanaian Maddie, who has spent years as a carer for her father and the breadwinner for her family, as she breaks free of doing what's expected of her
A poignant and heart-warming coming of age story
Red Magazine
A must-read for 2023
Belfast Telegraph
A funny coming-of-age novel. When Maddie Wright is presented with the opportunity to leave her traditional Ghanaian home to become the type of woman she has always dreamt of being, she leaps into her new life. However, tragedy then strikes, leaving Maddie forced to consider what she's sacrificing
Huffington Post UK
Maame will have you laughing, crying, and rooting for the protagonist the whole way
Pop Sugar
George's novel is a deeply moving one, packed with heart and sparkling prose
Harper's Bazaar
Moving, funny, poignant and completely unforgettable, you'll love this beautiful coming of age tale about a young woman on a journey to discover the real her'
My Weekly
This sparkling and poignant coming-of-age novel is going to be huge
Fabulous, Sun on Sunday
An exciting and emotionally charged debut... Every word is a gem. You will fall in love with Maddie's character as she sets out to find her way in the world via nightmare bosses, passive-aggressive flatmates, questionable men and online dating. A really heart-warming tale of redemption and self-discovery
The i paper
It's impossible not to champion Maddie from the start of this fantastic debut... A truly remarkable debut. Powerful, poignant and downright heart-breaking in parts
My Weekly
Jessica George's first novel is a compassionate portrait of a young woman caught between cultures, and a moving look at how grief can undo you. Maddie is a charming mix of innocence and world-weariness; you end up rooting for her to find her place in the world
An accomplished debut from a talented writer
Warm and heartfelt, this tender coming-of-age novel will have you rooting for her through it all.
Marie Claire
This coming-of-age story is witty, poignant and inspiring
Pick of the Week: We root for her through triumphs and tears in this funny tale
The Sun
A moving, funny story about finally finding out where you truly belong
The hot debut
A resonant and engaging debut from Jessica George, we absolutely loved Maddie's mature voice as she deals with challenges at this potent time in her life
Magic Book Club
A coming of age tale with a perfectly imperfect protagonist, Maame holds a mirror up to the lives of Black British women anxiously treading the tightrope of our twenties, with little to lean on and much to learn
AZ Magazine
Irresistibly charming, this story of a later bloomer shows us that we all find our stride in life when we are meant to, even if it's not when the rest of the world expects us to. Maame left me with a huge smile and a full heart!
Mikki Brammer
This book will make you laugh and cry but you'll be rooting for Maame all the way