Mother, Mother by Annie Macmanus @wildfirebks #bookreview #publicationday

Mother Mother (Annie Macmanus)

🎉🎉HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO ANNIE MAC 🎉🎉 Annie’s debut novel Mother Mother is out today.

A massive thank you to Wildfire Books for my advanced copy of Mother Mother that I received through Netgalley. I also preordered a hardback copy from Rough Trade which will be wending its way to me soon!

The Blurb

Mary grew up longing for information about the mother she never knew. Her brother could barely remember her, and their father numbed his pain with drink.

Now aged thirty-seven, Mary has lived in the same house her whole life. She’s never left Belfast. TJ, who’s about to turn eighteen, is itching to see more of the world.

But when his mother disappears, TJ begins to realise what he’s been taking for granted.

MOTHER MOTHER takes us down the challenging road of Mary’s life while following TJ’s increasingly desperate search for her, as he begins to discover what has led her to this point. 

This is a story about family, grief, addiction and motherhood, and it asks an important question – if you spend your life giving everything to the ones you love, do you risk losing yourself along the way?

What Did I Think?

What do you do when the one person you rely on disappears in you overnight? They’re there when you go to bed and when you get up the next day, they’re gone. This stark wake up call hit young adult TJ as he’s seems happy whiling away his young adult life when his mum Mary vanishes.

I was totally engrossed in the life of Mary and TJ. From the start, I jumped back and forth between TJ’s current predicament and stress and his mum’s journey to the present day. The story really got under my skin as I learnt more about Mary and TJ. Written in the third person, I could hear Macmanus’s dulcet tones narrating the story.

I felt I went through the emotional ringer with Mary with the continual strife the men in her life threw at her. And what a heartbreaking and emotional ending. I was left shell shocked, numb in the final pages. The stark reality that Mary could be anyone of us. So many of us give in life but to what personal sacrifice?

This is a stunning debut from Macmanus. I personally think this woman is born to write. The story flowed so naturally despite the time jumps in the narrative. I’ll definitely be reading her next novel.

Who Is Annie MacManus?

Annie Macmanus, popularly known as Annie Mac, is an internationally renowned DJ and broadcaster. She is known as the eponymous host of her BBC Radio 1 show, and she also hosts her own podcast, Changes with Annie Mac. Annie grew up in Dublin, but now lives in London. Mother Mother is her first book.