Swallowing Grandma Paperback – 3 Feb 2006
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'..wise, warm and witty...Will keep you reading until the very last page.' -- Red Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you thought mothers were bad, wait til you meet the evil grandma - the brilliantly funny novel from the bestselling author of The Bad Mother's Handbook --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This book is set in the same Lancashire village as 'Bad Mother's Handbook', but despite the often jaunty tone it's a much darker tale. Long manages to tuck in bulimia, anorexia, illegitimacy, potential incest, depression and manslaughter among the many topics she covers - along with a great deal about emotional abuse. Up to a point it's powerful stuff, and in certain respects Kat is a better conceived heroine than Charlotte in 'A Bad Mother's Handbook' (she's much more open about why she loves books and wants to go to university, for example, and more individual). Her slow discovery of the facts of her life - helped by flashbacks narrated by Kat's mother throughout the book - makes for a gripping read, and Long is admirably unsentimental throughout.
The problem for me was that I didn't feel the jaunty, rather black-comic tone of much of the novel worked with the very poignant and often quite traumatic subject matter.Read more ›
The theme is the complexity of family - constant conflict, kept in check by familial love. This made it a bit too similar to Long's first novel, The Bad Mother's Hand Guide. However, it may be that this is where Long feels she is at her best so she is sticking with it. Don't blame her. Why be a jack of all trades when you can be master of one.
Well done Kate Long. An inspiration and spur in the right direction for would-be writers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. Although by the middle I had grown weary of yet another "misery lit" story, of a poor, grim, abused upbringing, it got better by the end. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Philip Davies
Good read wanted more at the ending but good story. Gripping in places but would like to know what happens nextPublished 15 months ago by emma robertson
Another fantastic book from Kate Long. Absolutely loved every minute of it and gutted I've read it all. On to the next...Published on 13 April 2014 by Kendel Shepherd
Funny and poignant. I read this over several days and became totally immersed in the characters and their stories. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2014 by Tracy Fells
Another great read from Kate Long. I have only just started reading/listening to her books and look forward to listening to more.Published on 7 Jan. 2014 by VICTOR
I read this book years ago and decided to re read again. It's a different story, raw and real life. With a touch of humour. Little twists here and there. A great and unique read :)Published on 9 May 2013 by Dark Faerie
I got this book for my grandma for xmas but unfortunately she found it very difficult to read and long winded. Read morePublished on 13 April 2013 by Mrs Tassi
To be fair, like many things in life, humour is very much a personal thing and what makes one person laugh out loud will leave another wondering what the joke is. Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2012 by Tracy Terry