The Bad Mother's Handbook, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


The Bad Mother's Handbook is the story of a year in the lives of Charlotte, Karen and Nan, none of whom can quite believe how things have turned out.

Why is it all so difficult? Why do the most ridiculous mistakes have the most disastrous consequences?

When are you too old to throw up in a flowerbed after too much vodka?

When are you too young to be a mother? Both hilarious and wise, it is a clear-eyed look at motherhood - and childhood - in its many guises, from the moment the condom breaks to the moment you file for divorce or, more optimistically, from the moment you hear your baby's first cry to the moment you realize that there are as many sorts of mother as there are children, and that love sometimes is the most important thing of all.


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I liked this easy to read book, but I thought that the ending was rushed too much, and the baby grew up in a number of sentences. It did a good job of showing the relationship between daughter and mother.

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An enjoyable enough read.

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This impulse airport buy really paid off - I found all three women in the story delightful - managing to identify with each one through their various conflicts. A refreshing treat, managing to be sympathetic to a mother and daughter when presenting an argument from both points of view.I had to stay up late to finish it.

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Upmarket chicklit, a 'three generations of women' novel. In this case, the three generations all live together in a terraced house Oop North, Nana has Alzheimer Syndrome and a catheter bag, granddaughter is doing A-levels and hoping to go to college in spite of being up the duff, and Mum is hardly in a position to blame her, being only in her mid-30s herself. Incisive writing, and believable characters.