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Linda Green
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14 Feb 2013

When Sam, Jackie and Anna successfully campaign to save their children's school lollipop lady, they are asked by a TV reporter if they fancy standing in the general election.

It is, of course, a crazy idea: Sam's youngest son has an incurable disease, Jackie is desperate for another child and her mum is struggling with Alzheimers, Anna's teenagers - and marriage - are in danger of going off the rails.

But sometimes the craziest ideas turn out to be the best. And just think what they could do if they got to run the country...

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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (14 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780875223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780875224
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in North London in 1970 and brought up in Hertfordshire. I wrote my first novella, the Time Machine, aged eight, shortly after which I declared that my ambition was to have a novel published (I could have been easy on myself and just said 'to write a novel' but no, I had to consign myself to years of torture and rejections). I was frequently asked to copy out my stories for the classroom wall (probably because my handwriting was so awful no one could read my first draft), and received lots of encouragement from my teachers Mr Roberts, Mrs Chandler (who added yet more pressure by writing in my autograph book when I left primary school that she looked forward to reading my first published novel!) and Mr Bird.

My first publication came when I was thirteen and my Ode to Gary Mabbutt won second prize in the Tottenham Weekly Herald 'My Favourite Player' competition. At fifteen I won the Junior Spurs Football Reporter of the Year Competition and got to report on a first division football match from the press box at White Hart Lane (I got lots of funny looks and none of the journalists spoke to me.)

At sixteen I embarked on 'A' levels and a journalism course at De Havilland College, Hertfordshire, and my college magazine interview about football hooliganism with local MP and football club chairman David Evans made a double page spread in Shoot! magazine (they never paid me) and back page headlines in several national newspapers (only a nice man at the Daily Star bothered to check the story with me).

I joined my local newspaper, the Enfield Gazette, as a trainee reporter at eighteen. During a ten year career in regional journalism I worked as a reporter on the Birmingham Daily News, news editor on the Birmingham Metro News and Chief Feature Writer on the Coventry Evening Telegraph, winning Highly Commended in the Feature Writer of the Year category of the 1997 Press Gazette Regional Press Awards.

I loved working on regional newspapers but by 1998 my features were getting too long and the urge to write a novel had become too great so I left my staff job to write my first novel and work as a freelance journalist. I have written for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Times Educational Supplement, The Big Issue, Wanderlust and Community Care Magazine. I've also had a short story published in Best magazine

I found the writing and working from home a very solitary process so also worked as co-ordinator of the Birmingham Bureau of Children's Express, a national charity which runs a learning through journalism programme for young people and taught journalism to schoolchildren for the National Academy of Writing. After I moved north in 2001 I qualified as an adult education tutor and taught creative writing classes to students aged between 18 and 82 for the Workers Educational Association across Calderdale, West Yorkshire.

After more than a hundred rejections from agents for my first novel (and more rewrites than I care to remember) I finally got an agent but still couldn't get a publisher. I started work on my second novel I DID A BAD THING in 2003, finished the first draft and gave birth to my son Rohan in 2004, rewrote the novel and got a new agent in 2005, obtained a two-book deal with Headline Review in 2006.

I Did a Bad Thing was published in paperback in October 2007, made the top thirty official fiction bestsellers list (and number 3 in Tesco!) and has so far sold more than 77,000 copies. 10 Reasons Not to Fall in Love was published in paperback in March 2009, reached no 22 in the official fiction bestseller charts (and no 4 in Tesco) and has so far sold more than 80,000 copies. Both novels were also long-listed for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

Following the success of my first two novels I got another two-book deal from Headline Review, with Things I Wish I'd Known being the first of these. It reached no 16 in the fiction bestsellers charts and was follwed by And Then It Happened, which was also a top forty bestseller.

After six years with Headline I left to join Quercus in 2011 and am currently working on my fifth novel which is due to be published in spring 2013.

I live in a village near Halifax , West Yorkshire, am married to Ian Hodgson, a sports photographer for a national newspaper, and have a seven-year-old son, Rohan, whose favourite books are currently the Mr Gum series by Andy Stanton.

I enjoy travelling (though I haven't been anywhere more exotic than CenterParcs since I had Rohan) and have trekked after wild orang-utans in Borneo, been to the edge of the Arctic Circle to see polar bears and as far south as Tierra del Fuego to photograph penguins (yes, I know it would have been easier and cheaper to go to Chester zoo!). I also sponsor a brother and sister Karma Kunchok and Tsewang Dhargyal who I met while visiting a Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal. They are now both in higher education in Canada.

And here are a few of my favourite things:
Novel: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and Room by Emma Donoghue.
Authors: Margaret Atwood, Nick Hornby.
Music: Blondie, Florence and the Machine, Adele, Alanis Morissette and Beth Orton.
Films: The Shawshank Redemption, Dead Poets' Society, Truly, Madly, Deeply.
TV: The Royle Family, Ally McBeal, Have I Got News for You, Newsnight.
Food: Red peppers, mangos, roasted cashew nuts, pesto sauce, Green & Blacks Maya Gold chocolate, strawberries, houmous and cherry tomatoes (not all eaten at the same time!).
Places in the world: Pokhara, Nepal; Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo; Churchill, Canada; Homer, Alaska, Hebden Bridge, England.

And a few of my least favourite things. If I was on Room 101 my selections would be: Women in unsuitable footwear (eg: white stilettos for muddy canal towpaths), tights (the 15-denier American tan variety), Thomas the Tank Engine stories (those engines are so mean and miserable), candyfloss (I don't do pink and sweet) and the notice on pay and display machines which says 'overpayments accepted' (big of them!).

For more info please go to my website at, join 'fans of author Linda Green' on Facebook or follow me on Twitter @LindaGreenisms.


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'Funny and touching' Sunday Express S magazine.

'A feel-good, thought-provoking gem' Star magazine.

'Light-hearted yet deeply moving, political yet family-orientated ... a thought-provoking and very enjoyable novel for intelligent women' Bookbag.

'Written straight from the heart ... Both tear-jerking and hilarious, it got my vote in spades' Take A Break magazine.

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Adaptable. Dependable. Good at clearing up mess. Being a mum is perfect training to run the country... When Sam, Jackie and Anna successfully campaign to save their lollipop lady, a TV reporter asks them if they fancy standing in the general election. It is, of course, a crazy idea: Sam's youngest child has an incurable disease; Jackie is desperate for another child and her mum is struggling with Alzheimer's; and Anna's teenage children, and marriage, are in danger of going off the rails. But sometimes the craziest ideas turn out to be the best. And just think what they could do if they did get to run the country...

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
I have never read anything by Linda Green before so I was very keen to start on The Mummyfesto.

Sam, Jackie and Anna are mothers with children at school. After successfully campaigning to save their children's lollipop lady, they find themselves center of attention. As a reporter asks them if they've ever thought of standing in the general election that is coming up soon. This idea sticks and soon The Lollipop Party is formed, these are mums on a mission determined to change things for the better...

Wow - what a fantastic idea for a book! As soon as I had read the blurb on the back I was very intrigued - Mum's running the country? Well why not! Surely with their experiences as mothers and members of the public, they'd be perfect candidates! I absolutely loved the idea of three mums banding together and standing in the elections, and their policies made a lot of sense too - anti-bullying, funded children's hospitals and hospices, for example - causes that they and other mothers strongly believe in.

I really enjoyed this book - I admit it did take me a few chapters to get fully settled into the story and to get my head around the politics side of the novel. Although this story isn't just about politics, policies and causes - there is so much more than that! With The Mummyfesto comes the very personal stories of three women, and their own struggles, hopes and dreams. I won't say too much about what it delves into so as not to spoil the story, but I'm certain there are readers out there who will be able to relate to the situations and scenarios that the three women face in their everyday lives, and this brings the story to life, and makes it more realistic.

I thought the characters were very well-written and thought out.
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By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I was looking forward to meeting the characters In this book again. I downloaded the short e-book The Resolution and when I read that I really warmed to the characters.
I got a lot more from this book than I was expecting. The storyline follows three friends all of who are facing challenging day to day lives. The author has carefully picked family problems that are very tough to deal with but these are problems many families have to cope with in day to day life so this book really was one that opened your eyes into the challenging lives some families lead.

I loved all of our three main characters, they all seemed like normal down to earth mums you may come across in your local school playground. Sam is the character who I warmed to most. Sam has two wonderful sons Zach and Oscar who has an incurable disease. We are opened to her world of looing after Oscar who is a little delight it is hard to remember he is a fictional character in this book. We also have Jackie who is desperate for another baby but after trying for so long her hope is dwindling away. She also has a mother with Alzheimer's to try to look after. Lastly we have Anna who has three children one of who has her own battle at school. Anna is trying to look after her childrens situation which seems to mean she is missing something else that is crumbling away.

When all the ladies get together and decide that something needs to be done to help all of these families who are facing day to day struggles they do no more that form a political party to put the world to rights.
I am first to hold my hands up and say I am not into politics but if there was a party that represented what these ladies do then my interest would spark and they would have my vote! The storyline really gets you thinking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The thirty-somethings' calendar girls! 27 Sep 2013
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Despite the awful title, which made me cringe, I was attracted to this book by the political storyline, which sounded interesting and original.
In the end I have mixed feelings about it. I enjoyed the stories of the three families,with their various problems which were explored in an evocative and often touching way. It seemed to me very reminiscent of Calendar Girls, but set within a younger age group. However, the plotline of the Lollipop party left me completely cold - the whole setup seemed unconvincing and even childish, and the points listed on the manifesto reminded me of children's lists for Father Christmas!
I also got irritated by the author's repeated harping on her idea that only "mummies" really know how to get things done. Time and again I got the message that women with children are some kind of super citizens; men are looked down on, and women without children just don't get a look-in at all! Yet having a child does not make everyone into a superhero, and there are plenty of wise and worthwhile people who never have a child at all (interestingly, even the character used to illustrate the sufferings of struggling to get pregnant here already has a daughter, so can be part of this super band of mummies). This heavyhanded promotion of a particular stereotyped viewpoint spoiled the book for me. But as light reading, it is enjoyable and quite touching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than I expected. 17 Oct 2013
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Other reviewers have outlined the plot - suffice to say that this is not what I expected for so little money. I could not put it down. I thought it would be a lightweight bit of chick lit, but hours later when I hadn't gone to bed at a reasonable hour and was sitting in a darkened house with tears dripping onto my iPad - well, I realised that it was an intelligent and sensitively written book about three fairly unlikely friends, and what they did that changed their worlds.
Goodness, I was ready to vote for them too! Just what we need to run the country....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crybaby
Bit of a slow burner this one, in fact halfway through I thought about giving up. I'm glad I didn't. This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cath
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching and entertaining story about mums taking to politics
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Published 2 months ago by K. J. Noyes
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful heart warming read
I laughed and I cried. I engrossed myself in the character's in this book. I just couldn't put it down.
Published 3 months ago by Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved the idea of the mummy festi when I read the books synopsis and I really wasn't disappointed. The story and characters were brilliant and I cried while reading the book on the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by chrisbanner68
4.0 out of 5 stars The future?
Great read. Moved me to tears - of laughter and sadness especially at the end. Politics should be more female friendly.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Vilma K Wicksteed
4.0 out of 5 stars The mummyfesto
Three mothers and hard-working ladies who are friends, campaign to save the job of the lollipop lady outside the local school in Yorkshire. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Clare O'Beara
5.0 out of 5 stars Lollipops for ever
I really enjoyed this book. The cover was quite a frivolous look I thought for such a thought provoking story. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The mummyfesto
A really good book. Great characters which you really feel you know by the end of the book. A great read.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Richard D. Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars made me smile and cry
I could not put this book - down fantastic plot really tore at heart strings whilst making me smile too.
Published 5 months ago by James Gerada
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny, thought provoking book.
this book is a great read, with characters that particularly, towards the end, you find yourself incredibly attached and emotionally involved with. Read more
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