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The Bad Mothers Handbook
Member Name: Beckie Wolf
The Bad Mothers Handbook
Advantages: Will have you laughing througn tears
Disadvantages: I wanted this to last longer......much longer
The Bad Mother’s Handbook By Kate Long
The Bad Mother’s Handbook is based on the book, written by the talented Kate Long. Women of every generation will relate to and enjoy this truely wonderful story, that is jam packed full of the rollercoaster emotions that all us mums are capable of experiencing.
The story is set in 1997 and tells the tale of three generations of one family’s women. All three women make up one household in a small fictitious village near Wigan. Kate Long successfully manages to tell the tale through each character’s very different perspective.
Charlotte is seventeen and is in the process of taking her levels. She is struggling to understand the world around her whilst trying to work out where she fits in to the scheme of things. The confusion in her life is added to when she suddenly finds herself having to cope with a pregnancy that was completely unplanned.
Karen (Charlotte’s Mum) has been divorced from Charlotte’s father for a number of years. She works as a part time classroom assistant at the local primary school she attended as a child. She had planned on going to university only she found herself pregnant with Charlotte at the age of seventeen. She now juggles working part time with looking after her elderly Mother. She is determined that daughter Charlotte, will go to university and live the life that she once aspired to herself.
The character of Nan brings warmth, compassion and humour to the book. Nan struggles to make sense of the past and the present in a mind that is slightly muddled. She may struggle to clarify events but she has the advantage of wisdom that only a woman of her age holds.
Kate Long use of humour is quite brilliant, especially in some of the awkward subjects that are covered throughout the story. The humour is used in a sensitive way, in order not to ridicule the characters. She broaches a range of sensitive subjects ranging from Charlotte losing her virginity, Nan’s elderly dementia, Changing Nan’s colostomy bag and Karen’s discovery that she is adopted. The language, dialect and local knowledge she uses really makes the characters come to live in the viewers mind.
Kate Long tells a wonderful story that has you addicted from the very start. This is a compelling watch that explores the complex dynamics of the relationship between three generations of one family’s woman. Definitely worth watching!
Summary: Unmissable tv