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Every Day Is Mother's Day

Every Day Is Mother's Day [Kindle Edition]

Hilary Mantel
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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‘Strange…rather mad…extremely funny…she reminded me of the early Muriel Spark’ Auberon Waugh

‘Abrasive and amusing…crisp and intelligent’ Barbara Trapido

‘What a terrific book’ Fay Weldon


‘Strange…rather mad…extremely funny…she reminded me of the early Muriel Spark’ Auberon Waugh

‘Abrasive and amusing…crisp and intelligent’ Barbara Trapido

‘What a terrific book’ Fay Weldon

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (6 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hilary Mantel is the author of thirteen books , including A Place of Greater Safety, Beyond Black, and the memoir Giving up the Ghost. Her two most recent novels, Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring up the Bodies have both been awarded The Man Booker Prize - an unprecedented achievement.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not her best, but great nevertheless 19 Jan 2005
It says something about an author when you give 5 stars to your least favourite of her novels! This isn't the one I would recommend if you haven't read others by Hilary Mantel, in fact 'Every Day Is Mother's Day' was a quickly written story while she was working on 'A Place Of Greater Safety'. But there is a fascinating strangeness to the atmosphere and some good characters.
The mother of the title is the strangest of the lot, a part-time medium with a daughter who has special needs, some of which have apparently landed her with a pregnancy. Along comes a social worker, and her own affairs of the heart form a sub-plot. In fact, she is linked with that odd, dark household of two mothers & a baby more closely than she knows.
Read the others first and come to this later. But it is worth coming to this later.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Joanne Sheppard TOP 1000 REVIEWER
There's comedy. There's dark comedy. And there's comedy so black you could polish your boots with it. Hilary Mantel's first published novel, Every Day Is Mother's Day, falls into the latter category.

For Mantel fans, this is no Wolf Hall, no Place Of Greater Safety: it's much closer to Fludd and Beyond Black. Set in a dreary town in a dreary decade (the 70s, obviously; everyone knows the 70s were all brown crimplene, power-cuts, and diarrhoea-coloured wallpaper), the novel follows the misfortunes of mother and daughter Evelyn and Muriel Axon, hapless social worker Isabel Field and the Sidneys, a tenaciously unhappy couple trapped in a loveless marriage.

How are they linked, then? Well, Isabel is social worker to the mysteriously backward, lumpen Muriel Axon, unloved by her increasingly paranoid mother Evelyn, who believes the house to be plagued by poltergeists. Isabel is embroiled in a rather petty little affair with Colin Sidney, whose sister Florence lives next door to the Axons in the house in which she and Colin grew up. Simple enough on the surface. But if you've ever read Hilary Mantel's other books, you'll know that in her worlds, there is always something festering beneath the skin of respectability, always some awkward, sharp edges, always some pieces that don't quite fit.

Evelyn and Muriel, in particular, are an almost shockingly dysfunctional pair. Prisoners in their own miserable house, possibly (or not) haunted by mysterious 'tenants', one of whom may or may not be Muriel's deceased father who may or may not have - well, just take it from me that it's all horribly sinister, and that slackjawed Muriel, locked into a cycle of mutual torment and neglect with her unstable mother, is a creation of unsurpassed creepiness.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And along came Muriel... 16 Mar 2010
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`Every day is Mother's Day' is the story of Evelyn and Muriel Axon, a mother and daughter who live a reclusive life in the house that Muriel was born. Evelyn has raised Muriel alone since the death of her husband, Clifford when Muriel was 6 years old, Clifford unfortunately saw Muriel as an `inconvenience' and not having any more children because it would `risk repetition'. Evelyn, not in the best of health will not accept help and when social services come into their lives, Evelyn finds that Muriel is changing, something which scares Evelyn, Muriel attends a community day care centre and life becomes worse when Evelyn discovers that Muriel is in fact pregnant and is unable (or unwilling) to tell Evelyn who the father is, Evelyn decides to keep the baby a secret and lock Muriel in their house.

Meanwhile, Isabel Field their latest social worker is having problems of her own, she is having an affair with a married man, Colin Sidney, his sister Florence is the Axons neighbour (unknown to Isabel) and she has also lost Muriel's file. Colin, Isabel, Florence, Muriel and Evelyn finds themselves coming together and no one knows what the outcome will be.

It's hard to describe `Every Day is Mother's Day' without giving too much away, it is full of dark humour, Evelyn's ideas are questionable, Muriel is manipulative, scary, not what she seems, Isabel and Colin, two very different people, I found it hard to believe why they would have an affair (which was the point), there is constant feeling of something about to happen, you find yourself becoming more and more suspicious of Muriel and despite Evelyn's actions, you do feel sorry for her and in some ways, you feel sorry for Muriel. There is also the paranormal aspect, what exactly is in the spare room? And what does Evelyn see?

The book also highlights how people can be missed, how sometimes the system does not work.

The ending is left open, there is more to come from Muriel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful quirky novel 12 Nov 2014
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Unlike the rest of the world, I haven't hitherto been a great fan of Mantel, but I happened upon this (her first) novel, and it's wonderful. Quirky, sinister, funny, with some pretty horrible charcacters, it nonetheless contives to be a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Evelyn Axom lives an eccentric life with her mentally disabled daughter Muriel. Evelyn apears to dabble in spiritualism, but is also haunted by the spirits that seem to inhabit the house...or do they? Muriel is a strange, lumpen, silent young woman, pursued (rather unsuccesfully) by social services, who despite the insular existence lived by her and her mother, somehow manages to become pregnant. There is also Florence Sidney next door, and her sister Sylvia living out an unhappy marriage with an adulterous husband. The plot twists and turns, there are rows and upsets, and some very funny scenes (in both senses). Mantel is wonderfully observant (a husband and wife retire to the ktichen "for a private row". Haven't we all done that?), and the writing is brilliant.

I loved this book. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable for me
Certainly not a heavy weight or serious book but very well written. Her descriptions of characters, plot and settings are superb and her quirky asides make this an enjoyable read. Read more
Published 1 day ago by nelly know all
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Arrived much earlier than expected. Certainly different to other publications I have read from this Author
Published 20 days ago by Junegirl
3.0 out of 5 stars I love 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies' so decided ...
I love 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies' so decided to try this. It was very well-written of course from the language point of view but the characters were frightful one and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Katyotter
4.0 out of 5 stars unusual
I enjoyed the book once I had grasped the dark, eerie sub plot. The supernatural element added atmosphere. A Bookclub choice.
Published 6 months ago by Alan Powell
3.0 out of 5 stars Good points, but not her best
I love Hilary Mantel's writing and even though I did not enjoy this book as much as her others which I have read, it still illustrates that witty turn of phrase which I love about... Read more
Published 10 months ago by V. G. Harwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Remmended to fans of mantel!
Not her best but still an enthralling and quite disturbing read..
I didn't think it was as. Blacklist comic as fluff, more tragic really.
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Published 10 months ago by S C FERNS
3.0 out of 5 stars Have not read it as it was a gift.
The book was a gift - I have not read it.
Cannot comment on it therefore except to say it arrived in good condition
Published 11 months ago by Ms Rosalind Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
First time I have bought used book, so was wary about what might turn up. Perfectly readable, no notes in the book, and if you don't mind the ex library look - plastic cover,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ibuystuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly, grimly, humorous.
I am a great fan of Hilary Mantel's non-historical novels. Bleak, well-observed, brilliantly written and uncomfortably comic. Well worth a read.
Published 13 months ago by Elaine Hepple
2.0 out of 5 stars Every day is mothers day
not my cup of tea as very strange - hard to follow - and story weak and very strange characters
Published 14 months ago by Joyce Donaldson
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