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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141037776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141037776
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,029,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A funny and moving memoir inspired by her award-winning blog, Single Mother on the Verge recounts the adventures of Maria Roberts as a young single parent with a GSOH seeking romance - and finding instead a vegan eco-warrior, an open relationship, and a stolen Viagra tablet in a ladies loo. You feel for her and her son, you will her to make the right decisions and you're with her all the way. Don't let the pastel cover fool you - the writing is excellent and strikingly honest, not least when Maria bravely
depicts the reality of domestic violence. A unique book with a charming cast of characters. Highly recommended!" --Marie Claire, October 1, 2009

"Move over, Bridget Jones. The next best-selling diary is being penned by a single mum. Until now, Maria Roberts's hilarious and moving account Single Mother On The Verge has been an anonymous online blog. But now the journal has won her a five-figure book deal with Penguin. Pitched as "Jane Eyre meets Shameless", the 29-year-old's accounts of life as a single mum on a Manchester council estate are set to prove a hit with women everywhere." --The Mirror, Dec 12, 2007

"Maria's strong spirit is evident in bucket-loads... her personality shines through as fun-loving, determined and easy to relate to, making her the down-to-earth heroine of her own story." --Essential Writers, August 4, 2009

"Reads like a hilarious and moving tale of a turbulent fictional life." --The Irish News, July 14, 2009

"Written with the same warmth, insight and honesty as her
blog... Single Mother is an engaging story that combines
tragedy and comedy to compelling, hilarious and heartfelt effect." --The Big Issue in the North

About the Author

Maria Roberts's life has rambled from a career debut as a bingo-caller by way of a brief period of homelessness to her current life as a freelance theatre critic, arts writer and family journalist. Her blog www.singlemotherontheverge.com won her The Manchester Literary Festival's Blog of the Year Award in 2007.

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