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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (3 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330441620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330441629
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,657,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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Format: Hardcover
Swallowing Grandma covers similar territory to Kate Long's first novel, The Bad Mother's Handbook, in its witty, gritty northern humour, and themes of teenage pregnancy, difficult family relationships and absence of fathers. Kate does teenage loathing particularly brilliantly. The book is also a fascinating mystery too, which keeps you guessing until the end. An ending which is all the more powerful and satisfying for the author not feeling obliged to tie everything up into a glossy red bow and answer all her characters' problems, because let's face it, with the issues such as eating disorders, ageing parents, and abandoned children, there are no easy solutions. Imperfect people are allowed to stay imperfect, just like real life. The book is believable, honest and unflinching - the sort of book I thought UK publishers had stopped allowing the book buying public to read!!! So thanks Kate (and Picador) for a great read and for not force-feeding us yet more sugar-coated, redemptive endings.
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Format: Paperback
kate long is suberb, reading swallowing grandma and the bad mothers handbook is like a breath of fresh air. her heroines are real, real people with lives which don't revolve around the spa, the 'office' etc.they resonate with anyone who has looked after an elderly relative or small child and covers all the pitfalls without the usual 'chick lit' stereotypes (glamour puss out of depth) which frankly i feel has been done to death now its almost painful. she writes in a way that everyone can relate too and is witty without being patronizing. living 'up north' and coming from a working class background i can really identify with Kat in the book, swimming or trying to swim against the old rules of her grandmothers generation. i found swallowing grandma one of the best books i've read in a long time and i can't wait for the next one from this talented lady.
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I just loved this book, it was so sympathetically written it was so easy to get under the skin of the characters. The whole thing was believable and easy to read. Not my usual reading choice at all' but I will certainly be reading more of Miss Long's work.
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So many popular fiction titles are enjoyable, funny, amusing, clever and informing. And Swallowing Grandma is all of these things. But it also has something else: tenderness. The tenderness of the writing takes your breath away. A sensitive, intelligent teenage girl and her temperamental, heartbroken grandmother live together in a bleak house in a bleak northern town. One wants to understand the past and one wants to blank it out. I couldn't put this book down. I loved it from the first sentence to the last, and not a single false note in between. Unmissable.
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By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Sept. 2015
Format: Paperback
Katharine is 17, and wants to be slimmer, to have her friends call her Kat and to escape her home village of Bank Top and go to read English at Oxford. Unfortunately, there's the little matter of Grandma Poll, who has brought Katharine up ever since her father died in a car crash when she was a baby, and her mother disappeared. Poll is determined to keep her granddaughter at her side and serving her. And Kat's a decent enough person that she might just end up submitting to her grandmother's emotional blackmail. But then, out of the blue, she meets Callum, a fellow adolescent who seems oddly curious about Kat's father - and also discovers some startling facts about her mother. Might she escape Poll's clutches after all?

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.
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Absolutely loved this book, so much that I rushed reading it on a long train journey and will have to go back to the beginning now to fully appreciate all the unexpected moments and the clearly drawn setting. It's packed with humour, pathos and characters who are so real, you almost expect to meet them in the street the next time you go out. Will now be reading everything else I can find by this talented author.
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Format: Hardcover
This book was very moving and from the very first I was so immersed in the drama between the two main characters that I found myself taking sides. The blurb at the back of the book was not wrong when it described Poll as pure poison. Kate Long was so precise and accurate about this. She made you put your sympathy for Poll's disability aside without guilt because she depicted a character who seemed full of malice and bitterness, from top to toe.
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.
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