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It’s the first day of term and outside the school gates gossip hums, SUVs swarm and Boden abounds. And three very different mothers are about to discover that friends are the only accessories they need. Stay-at-home mum Gwen has three engaging kids and a blissful marriage to Rob. Her biggest worries are a bottom that sometimes keeps moving after she’s stopped and a toddler obsessed with reproductive organs – until two bombshells cause her perfect world to crumble. Working mum Alison is devoted to her daughter, but since juggling motherhood with a career has left her with cellulite to her Achilles, an iguana costume to make and a permanent headache, a larger family is the only thing NOT on her to-do list… Trophy wife Katherine seems rich, glamorous and carefree. In fact, her husband only ever touches her as he guides her into social functions like a butcher sliding a prime cut across a countertop… Her kids barely know she exists either. A deliciously warm, funny and moving take on being a mum, making new friends and dealing with the posturing and politics of the playground – something we never really leave behind…

Reviews

Her observations on social posturing and the frailities of marriages are sharp, intelligent and... moving; and I suspect many women will recognise parts of themselves within these pages, just as they did in Allison Pearson's I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT."
<i>Herald</i> - 4 star review
'A warm, honest look at life as a modern mother'
Kate Bradley - Head of fiction at BCA in the <i>Bookseller</i>
'A strong debut'
<i>Publishing News</i>
'Life-affirming'
<i>The Bookseller</i>
Her observations on social posturing and the frailities of marriages are sharp, intelligent and... moving; and I suspect many women will recognise parts of themselves within these pages, just as they did in Allison Pearson's I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT."
<i>Herald</i> - 4 star review
'A warm, honest look at life as a modern mother'
Kate Bradley - Head of fiction at BCA in the <i>Bookseller</i>
'A strong debut'
<i>Publishing News</i>
'Life-affirming'
<i>The Bookseller</i>