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Bad Mothers United Paperback – 28 Feb 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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Product details

  • 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 (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


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I loved this follow up to The Bad Mother's Handbook and was thrilled to be reunited with Charlotte, Karen and Nan in Bad Mothers United. Kate Long is funny, poignant, sharp and intelligent. Full of charm and an easily accessible style that belies much wisdom. I loved this story which was always believable and reminds you of the importance of family in your life - and family are those around you that care and support you. Brilliant!
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Kate Long's sequel to 'The Bad Mother's Handbook' takes place two or so years later. Nan has died, and Karen (who did not pursue a teacher training course) is nursing her grief, while trying to look after Charlotte's young son Will (now a lively toddler) during termtime while Charlotte is studying English at the University of Central Yorkshire. Charlotte is missing Will desperately, but knows that a degree is the only way that she can provide for her son well in the long term. Her divided feelings mean that she's often rude and abrupt with her boyfriend Daniel - Daniel's mother's frosty behaviour to her doesn't help. Daniel, meanwhile, is beginning after several years of helping Charlotte to feel taken for granted. So's Karen, who's beginning to long for a man to help her. Can brooding single dad Eric who's just moved next door help? What about Karen's ex-husband Steve - is there any chance that passion could re-awaken? As Karen and Charlotte muddle onward it becomes apparent that their discontent might have some serious consequences - unless they can actually start talking seriously to each other and face up to their feelings.

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.
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“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.

I spent a lot of this book wishing the main characters would behave differently. I wanted Karen to be less of a doormat, stand up for herself and act more like someone in her thirties than in her sixties. And I certainly wanted her daughter Charlotte to be less self-centred, more understanding of what her mother was doing for her. But that was the whole point: Kate Long’s characters are irritating because they are so well-drawn; we’ve all met Karen and Charlotte at some point.

And then at 93% through the book [I'm afraid Kindle doesn't do page numbers], there is a wonderful episode that puts the whole mother-daughter scenario into perspective. One of Karen’s thoughts in particular had me punching the air, shouting ‘YES!’

I loved the other key characters, especially Steve, Daniel and Walshie, although I wasn’t too sure about Eric. I’ve never been a mother, which may be why Will and Kenzie didn’t engage me as much as I suspect they were supposed to, but I have been a daughter all my life – and this book sang to that part of me. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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I really enjoyed The Bad Mother's Handbook, so had this one on pre-order. And I wasn't disappointed.

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!
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I read Kate Long's first book, The Bad Mother's Handbook, a few years ago and have been a big fan ever since. I've always looked forward to her new releases and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. I was really pleased when I heard there was to be a sequel to The Bad Mother's Handbook, the characters were so well drawn, so very real, I'd laughed, cried and cringed with them throughout the first book and was really looking forward to finding out what had happened to them in the following years; how they'd moved on. And now I have done, what did I think? Fantastic. Bad Mothers United is a thoroughly satisfying sequel and I've loved every word; relished, in fact. Laughed, cried and cringed all over again. It really was like catching up with old friends. Not that you'd need to have met them before to enjoy this book, anything you need to know about their past is very subtly woven through the story. Very clever. But clever is what I've come to expect of Kate Long over the years, she really does know how to tell a story.
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