- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Paperback Original edition (28 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849837937
- ISBN-13: 978-1849837934
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bad Mothers United Paperback – 28 Feb 2013
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About the Author
Kate Long is the author of The Bad Mother's Handbook, Swallowing Grandma, Queen Mum, The Daughter Game, Mothers and Daughters. She was born and raised in Lancashire and lives with her husband and two sons in Shropshire. Visit her website www.katelongbooks.com
Top Customer Reviews
A delightful return to the story of devoted mother and part-time teaching assistant Karen, and devoted mother and university student Charlotte. This time round Karen has a mild crush on new neighbour Eric and has taken in her late neighbour's cat Pringle. She's mourning the passing of her adoptive mother Nan and half-heartedly fending off the advances of her ex-husband Steve. Karen's daughter Charlotte is in love with super-sensitive Daniel but also charmed by laddish flatmate Walshy and sophisticated tutor Martin. Throw in a serious motorbike accident, the appearance of a nightmare birth mother, and the logistics of caring for Charlotte's beloved son Will, and you've got a gorgeous read, packed with high emotion and even higher drama.
I always wonder why Kate Long's novels are given such pretty covers when her writing is so very, very grown-up. If anyone out there hasn't yet picked up a Kate Long novel, you don't know what you're missing. And you don't have to be a Northerner to appreciate the trials and tribulations Karen and Charlotte endure on their path to self-improvement.
Kate's on Twitter and always replies to messages of thanks and support. An outstanding writer, and a lovely lady too.
Bad Mothers United follows the next chapter in the lives of Karen and Charlotte, with Charlotte struggling with her emotions as she juggles motherhood with her scholarly pursuits. Karen, in the meantime, seems to have bitten off more than she can chew as she takes on more than she can sensibly manage.
Painful lessons are learned about family, love and what really is important in life.
Often funny, sometimes heartrendingly sad but always warm, empathetic and entertaining.
I would recommend that you read The Bad Mother's Handbook first if you haven't done so already. In fact, I'd recommend that you buy both (The Bad Mother's Handbook and Bad Mothers United) and read them one after the other!
For about the first eighty pages I felt this was the sort of book that showed that sequels were a mistake. It's a longer, slightly more rambling novel than 'The Bad Mother's Handbook' and takes a while to get going.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was not my cup of tea at all, maybe because I never read the first one and I'm not a northerner. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2015 by Annie D
Great easy reading, brilliant follow on from bad mothers handbookPublished on 1 Nov. 2014 by rachel
I've been reading a lot of books lately and this one stood out for the way it involved me in the lives of the characters. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2014 by Wendy Ogden
If you enjoyed The Bad Mothers Handbook then it goes without saying you will love Bad Mothers United.
It's such a joy to re-visit Karen, Charlotte & Nan. Read more
Always enjoy her style of writing have loved reading all her books worth it to take the time and read these.Published on 31 May 2014 by chrysta
“It’s just been a really s*** year, Mum.” I doubt there’s many of us who can’t identify with a comment like that. Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2014 by Elizabeth Ducie