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I first read this novel about ten years ago, lent the copy and lost it. Recently I bought it again and found it still to be an enthralling plot. Relevant and up to date even though a decade or so old the premise of children taking charge of their mother for her own good is a fascinating one. It was good to have a first impression turned on its head re the father - and to have it centred around the Christmas season makes it feel very close to home. Absolutely worth reading all in one go!
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on 14 April 2010
Ex-actress Caroline Townsend is the mother of nightmares. Her five children can only watch helplessly as she goes out binge drinking and stumbles thorugh one relationship after another. One Christmas after she has been jilted by her current boyfriend and wrecks the childrens holiday plans, they'v had enough and decide to act. Guided by the eldest child, 13 year old Vanessa, they lock her in the sauna in their basement to cure her and change her back into a normal mother again. For three months they hide her spending time with her, feeding her while at the same time convincing everyone who asks that she is away on a job.
Meanwhile Caroline's ex-husband,tv presenter Robin and his new wife Suzi have plans to start a new family of their own. But things don't quite turn out the way anyone expected.
Despite the seeminlgy simple plot there is actually much more to Mothertime than meets the eye. Gillian White is brilliant at making you feel in certain ways towards the characters at the start of the story, but by the end your opinions change and you realise who the bad guys really are. You'll have to read it to see what i mean.
All in all, an absorbing, funny and entertaining read
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on 16 May 2014
A somewhat different story to what I am used to reading. I am not sure it was for me but I read it to the conclusion. To many going off in tangents to keep my attention at times. This plot could never happen in reality but I guess it's just a fantasy you have to believe in whilst you read it.
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on 11 December 2013
I just like this book because once again the subject is so different from what other other authors write. Gillian white I cant get her books on my kindle and even in some book shops I struggle to find them.
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on 15 April 2016
This book was written in 1994, and it shows. In fact, the idea that a woman can only be fulfilled by a career is more a 1970's concept. Many working mothers today would love to stay home with their children, but can't afford it. Middle-class stereotypes Caroline, Robin and Suzie are neither very interesting nor very credible. Poor old Robin is depicted as a rather cartoonish misogynist, preventing his wives from fulfilling their "potential", but is he really that bad? How many men (or women, for that matter) would be happy for their partner to work in a different COUNTRY - just coming home at weekends - as the ridiculous Suzie proposes to do (having dumped her new born baby with a nanny). And yet she thinks Robin is being unreasonable because he opposes the idea!

Caroline, on the other hand, is a whingeing bore, who apparently had five children by accident, and who uses her ex-husband as a scapegoat for her drunken idleness.

This kind of "it's all his fault" novel is becoming tedious, and this particular one doesn't even have a believable plot. Dreary stuff.
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on 2 February 2012
This book was gripping from the first page to the last, def a good read. Loved this writer so much bought over books written by her, well written.
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on 19 April 2015
Absolutely stunning book, the best I have read in ages. I highly recommend it.
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on 2 December 2015
so funny, so wicked a great read.
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on 20 January 2016
A real page turner.
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