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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (5 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847560539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847560537
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,239,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate lives and works in sunny East Anglian, writing as Sue Welfare, Gemma Fox and Kate Lawson
Born on the edge of the Fens Kate is perfectly placed to write about the vagaries of life in East Anglia.

In between moving house, raising a family, falling in love with the gorgeous Phil,singing in a choir, walking the dog, working in the garden, taking endless photos and cooking Sue/Gemma/Kate is also a scriptwriter, originating and developing a soap opera for local radio, along with a pantomime for the town in which she lives.

Writing as Gemma Fox, Kate was short-listed for the Melissa Nathan Comedy Romance Award in 2006.

In various other guises Kate has had 12 erotic novels published, and as Sue Welfare published 6 Rom Coms, two of which
are currently under development for TV.
Her comedy 'Write Back Home' was part of the 1999 Channel Four Sitcom Festival.

Most recently Kate has been working to create'WriteOutLoud' a project to help people write about their own lives - you can find out more about her, here:
www.katelawson.co.uk

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Praise for KEEPING MUM’:

‘A riotous read that’s full of laughs’
Closer

Praise for MUM’S THE WORD:

‘An excellent insight into our typical lives and relationships. Women everywhere will be able to identify with … this eventful story.’
Closer

‘Like a glass of Frascati after a long day! Delightful.’
Kate Long, author of The Bad Mother’s Handbook.

About the Author

Kate Lawson was born on the edge of the Fens and is perfectly placed to write about the vagaries of life in East Anglia. In between raising a family, singing in a choir, walking the dog, taking endless photos and cooking, Kate is also a scriptwriter, originating and developing a soap opera for local radio, along with a pantomime for the town in which she lives. Most recently Kate has been working with BBC Voices on a variety of ongoing writing projects.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Plume de ma tante on 21 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
I am a big Sue Welfare fan and am so pleased she hasn't stopped writing, but is now writing under a different name. If you haven't read her books, do because she is a master at unfolding a plot with humour and skill. Just a wonderful, smily, uplifting book.
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By Owl VINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character was both funny and sad and her cousin was someone who I am sure is in every family. This would make a great holiday read or a good gift for mothers days. I would recommend this book and have now bought for my Kindle other stories by the same author. If you want a light read or to be cheered up read this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
Don't be fooled by this book's title, it has very little to do with keeping mum. Yes, the mum of the title moves in with said daughter, but as the daughter is mostly away in Cyprus while mum is there, she does very little keeping.

And don't take much notice of the blurb on the back, either. The fact of the matter is that mum and her boyfriend (Nita and Rocco) are secondary characters and aren't really what you would expect from the blurb. I think Kate Lawson has been at the mercy of her marketing people here.

That's not to say it isn't a good story, though "nice" might be more appropriate. It's like a mid-week late evening serial on the BBC, nice and comfy and a little bit of an indulgence. If that's what you're looking for, you will enjoy this book.

So, Nita and Rocco are an intriguing paring, but we don't learn much about them apart from the fact they have money, love eachother and are having their house altered. They are reasonable and balanced with a fun side. We couldn't wish Cass a nicer mother and step-father.

Cass is a middle-class, middle-aged heroine with two sons we never see and a deceased husband. She is likeable, except that you want to yell at her to tell some home truths long before she does. The reader warms to her, unlike her friend, Fiona, who is almost the villain. Then again, this story is too nice to have a real villain.

Like an afternoon soap the story development depends on people not telling one another the truth. Far too many untold truths pile up, which doesn't confuse the story so much as make it obvious where it is leading. The fact that I knew what was coming signals to me that I watch far too much trivial drama!

The right man ends up with the right woman for the right reasons and so the story passes a few hours of reading time. It's not a heavy read and nice enough to be going on with.
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i was recomended this book from my mum and she was right. This book is enjoyable and you will find it hard to put down!
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