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Summary

Meet the Augustts...a loving Irish family who, like all families, are a bit complicated. But they are bound together by their love for each other and the way their words shape their world.

Things become a little more complicated when the mother has a stroke, and the force of nature who is Granny Mae-Ann comes to try to take charge to keep the family together.

She has a job on. There's the son, Jacob, with all his words trapped in his head by The Autism; the father, Mickey, struggling to express himself at all; and Jenny, the daughter, quietly writing it all down to try to make sense of it.

M for Mammy is about language and home and the power of a family to heal itself. It is about telling stories, reading stories and writing them down. It's about coming home, about finding language and about the truth of words. It is a story of a young boy without words, a mother who has lost her words and a father full of stories he has to learn to tell. And then there's the granny who hammers and shapes words on the anvil of love and a daughter who tries to speak for them all.

©2019 Eleanor O’Reilly (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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