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Single Mother on the Verge Paperback – 2 Jul 2009
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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.See all Product description
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Maria Roberts is great company as she takes you through the run up to turning thirty and how she tries to get her life into the shape she thinks it should be in. It's well written, funny, honest and really moving. It brought me to tears on a few occasions in a really poignant and unexpected way.
The themes that the book covers are really interesting in themselves (domestic violence, single parenting, the struggle to live an eco-friendly life, relationships) but the way that the writer deals with them makes them especially entertaining and thought provoking.
I finished the book on a real high and wanting to follow the writer into the next big chapter in her life. Sequel please!
Maria as a person really appealed to me. I admired her courage, her intelligence and her writing was superb; very sharp and funny although at times it was tinged with sadness. I think Maria captures what it is like to be a Mum and the sacrifices which women go through for their children. At the end of the day, she just wants a lovely man and the package.
Highly recommended and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Thank you Maria <3 !
I want the next one so I can find out what happened on the next stage of the journey! I will read this book again and again just because the characters are so complex in many ways (probably more so as this is a memoir rather than fictional) and it captures you.
I have truly enjoyed this book more than Cecilia Ahern's books (which I also have all of and enjoy!) and really hope that Maria Roberts writes more books. Maria has a wonderful way with words, making a situation that at the time was probably not funny at all, seem very humourous at the same time as carrying the reader along the same journey, feeling the same emotions. A really good read!!
I would recommend this book it will make you smile, a little sad but a very enjoyable read. AFAN
This book is so heartwarming and I will be recommending it to all my friends and family.
you won't put this down, and you will be routing for Maria all the way.
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