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Summary

Mother Mother is a powerful coming-of-age novel and an intimate family study. It's about finding light in dark places and it examines the cost of unconditional love. 

Mary McConnell grew up longing for information about the mother she never knew, who died suddenly when Mary was only a baby. Her brother, Sean, was barely old enough to remember and their father numbed his pain with drink.

Now aged 35, Mary has lived in the same house her whole life. She's never left Belfast. She has a son, TJ, who's about to turn 18, and is itching to see more of the world.

One Saturday morning, TJ wakes up to find his mother gone. He doesn't know where - or why - but he's the only one who can help find her.

Mother Mother takes us down the challenging road of Mary's life, while following TJ's increasingly desperate search for his mother, as he begins to understand what has led her to this point. 

This is a gritty, affecting novel about family, grief, addiction and motherhood. And it asks the question - if you spend your life giving everything to the ones you love, do you risk losing yourself along the way?

©2021 Annie Macmanus (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Visceral prose

Thank you firstly to Bronagh Waugh, who read this with her beautiful accent , tone and with such feeling that she bought this book to life.

Thé mental and physical scars of Mary, TJ and Shaun are laid open, their fragility and strengths shone through, with a powerful human message for us all.

Personally, I think you need to be in a good place to listen this as you could be left feeling very flat. Without too much of a spoiler......... addiction and mental health issues are laid open.

Highly recommend.

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I didn't want it to end

Skillfully written, compelling and emotional story. The characters were vividly described and utterly credible. Bronagh Waugh's narration complemented the prose perfectly. I felt like I had been on Mary's journey with her.

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belter of a book!

Loved every word. Beautifully read by Bronagh. tragic for the most part but hung on every word and couldn't put it down. Makes me feel grateful for my own life and empathise for others stuggling.

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superb

a must to listen to or read. loved it. a very poignant story with a moral.

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Lovely book

Well written and engaging! At times hard to listen but still beautiful! Absolutely loved Bronagh Waugh narration!

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exceptional book

the heart and soul of this book is so clear and palpable. I absolutely loved it and have recommended to everyone I know!

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Exceptional!!

Raw and Soft at the same time. Brilliant Characters and lovely narration.
Well Done Annie x

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loved this!

amazing book. start to finish. so many twists. many of which will resonate with a huge spectrum of people

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Great read, softly explained yet gripping.

Recommend to all, lovely insight & feel to Belfast and effect on untreated mental health problems.

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Loved it!!!!

I really loved this audio book. Bronagh Waugh is as fabulous with her narration as she is in her acting. The book was very authentic and as I am from Northern Ireland and remember the devide during Mary’s early life which continued for so long. I highly recommend this book especially if you have any ties with Belfast. You won’t regret it. Well done Bronagh!!