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The Mummyfesto by [Green, Linda]
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'Light-hearted yet deeply moving, political yet family-orientated ... a thought-provoking and very enjoyable novel for intelligent women' Bookbag. (Bookbag)

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

'Funny and touching' Sunday Express S magazine. (Sunday Express S magazine)

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

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A funny, touching and warm-hearted novel about how sometimes the craziest ideas turn out to be the best ones!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 998 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (29 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P1WDZU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Format: Paperback
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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4.5 stars

I give my ratings for each book judged in its genre. Not comparing each piece of writing to Austen/Dickens/Rushdie. So to give this a high rating means it's an excellent example of a comedic family drama, an easy read, one with a good amount of emotion, laughs and entertainment.

Don't expect War and Peace. But you can expect quite a moving story. One about three regular mums, all with families and family problems. One fears infertility whilst wishing for a second child. One has a secretive teenager and a daughter being bullied. And one has a severely disabled son.

And in the midst of their own stories, they decide to form a political party and stand in the upcoming general election. All very far-fetched, but very well-handled I thought. All the details I wondered about (okay, but how will they be funded? Alright how will they make it official?) all all covered. The fun part is when they announce their decision and the country takes an interest and helps them form their policies.

I love their policies and the Mummyfesto of the title. I wish theirs was a real party - they'd have my vote!

The social media angle is well used, feeling very current and quite possible.

The family angle is interesting and moving. Each mum's story takes its own share of the story, and I'll admit I was in tears more than once as I walked to work listening to the audiobook.

It's a light read but one that does delve into several deep issues. Highly enjoyable and if you're in the mood, one where you'll need the odd tissue too. And a desire to vote.
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I'm an avid reader, read everything and anything. I thought this might be an interesting read having read the reviews here and it sounded less "run of the mill" chick lit than the norm.
But I've waded my way through this. I'm nearly at then end but not finishing it to find out what happens, more out of stubbornness!
I find the three main characters (and their other halves) incredibly forgettable, so much so that at the start of each chapter entitled "Anna" / "Sam" /"Jackie" I'm genuinely having to stop and think oh god which one is she again. Is she the teacher or the ones who's mum is ill or hang on is that the same person. I just didn't connect with them at all.
And then there's the politics- a really clever idea for a story, mums with political aspiration to make the country a better place but boy does this book make mums sound half witted. "the lollipop party" for political party and a list of ideas that anyone with a brain would love to have but clearly there isn't the money to do it all.
I really tried very hard to like this but every line they mentioned about their party and "policies" jarred and grated and I still couldn't remember a thing about each character at the end of each chapter never mind like them.
Really disappointing.
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