The Mummyfesto



❴Read❵ ➫ The Mummyfesto Author Linda Green – E17streets4all.co.uk When Sam, Jackie and Anna successfully campaign to save their children s school lollipop lady, they are asked by a TV reporter if they fancy standing in the general election It is, of course, a crazy When Sam, Jackie and Anna successfully campaign to save their children s school lollipop lady, they are asked by a TV reporter if they fancy standing in the general election It is, of course, a crazy idea Sam s youngest son has an incurable disease, Jackie is desperate for another child and her mum is struggling with Alzheimers, Anna s teenagers and marriage are in danger of going off the rails But sometimes the craziest ideas turn out to be the best And just think what they could do if they got to run the country.The Mummyfesto

I was born in North London in and brought up in Hertfordshire I wrote my first novella, the Time Machine, aged eight, shortly after which I declared that my ambition was to have a novel published I could have been easy on myself and just said to write a novel but no, I had to consign myself to years of torture and rejections I was frequently asked to copy out my stories for the classroom wall probably because my handwriting was so awful no one could read my first draft , and received lots of encouragement from my teachers Mr Roberts, Mrs Chandler who added yetpressure by writing in my autograph book when I left primary school that she looked forward to reading my first published novel and Mr BirdMy first publication came when I was thirteen and my Ode to Gary Mabbutt won second prize in the Tottenham Weekly Herald My Favourite Player competition At fifteen I won the Junior Spurs Football Reporter of the Year Competition and got to report on a first division football match from the press box at White Hart Lane I got lots of funny looks and none of the journalists spoke to me At sixteen I embarked on A levels and a journalism course at De Havilland College, Hertfordshire, and my college magazine interview about football hooliganism with local MP and football club chairman David Evans made a double page spread in Shoot magazine they never paid me and back page headlines in several national newspapers only a nice man at the Daily Star bothered to check the story with meI joined my local newspaper, the Enfield Gazette, as a trainee reporter at eighteen During a ten year career in regional journalism I worked as a reporter on the Birmingham Daily News, news editor on the Birmingham Metro News and Chief Feature Writer on the Coventry Evening Telegraph, winning Highly Commended in the Feature Writer of the Year category of the Press Gazette Regional Press AwardsI loved working on regional newspapers but by my features were getting too long and the urge to write a novel had become too great so I left my staff job to write my first novel and work as a freelance journalist I have written for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Times Educational Supplement, The Big Issue, Wanderlust and Community Care Magazine I ve also had a short story published in Best magazineI found the writing and working from home a very solitary process so also worked as co ordinator of the Birmingham Bureau of Children s Express, a national charity which runs a learning through journalism programme for young people and taught journalism to schoolchildren for the National Academy of Writing After I moved north in I qualified as an adult education tutor and taught creative writing classes to students aged between and for the Workers Educational Association across Calderdale, West YorkshireAfterthan a hundred rejections from agents for my first novel andrewrites than I care to remember I finally got an agent but still couldn t get a publisher I started work on my second novel I DID A BAD THING in , finished the first draft and gave birth to my son Rohan in , rewrote the novel and got a new agent in , obtained a two book deal with Headline Review in I Did a Bad Thing was published in paperback in October , made the top thirty official fiction bestsellers list and number in Tesco and has so far soldthan , copies Reasons Not to Fall in Love was published in paperback in March , reached no in the official fiction bestseller charts and no in Tesco and has so far soldthan , copies Both novels were also long listed for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award Following the success of my first two novels I got another two book deal from Headline Review, with Things I Wish I d Known being the first of these I am currently working on my fourth novelI enjoy travelling.

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  • Paperback
  • 457 pages
  • The Mummyfesto
  • Linda Green
  • English
  • 14 December 2019
  • 1780875223

10 thoughts on “The Mummyfesto

  1. says:

    I wasn t quite sure what to expect when I started the Mummyfesto, and it did take me a little while to get into it, but I m glad I persisted.Sam, Anna, and Jackie swing into action when they hear their lollipop lady is going to be sacked After a successful campaign, they decide to start their own political party and stand in the general election, while juggling children with differing needs.Once the story got going, it was an engaging look at each woman s journey and what can happen when Mum s I wasn t quite sure what to expect when I started the Mummyfesto, and it did take me a little while to get into it, but I m glad I persisted.Sam, Anna, and Jackie swing into action when they hear their lollipop lady is going to be sacked After a successful campaign, they decide to start their own political party and stand in the general election, while juggling children with differing needs.Once the story got going, it was an engaging look at each woman s journey and what can happen when Mum s decide to do something about the wrongs they see I enjoyed the authors note at the end explaining where the idea came from It is also a tear jerker, so be sure to have tissues at the ready

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    Being the usual kind of book I d pick up, I had high hopes for this However, my expectations were not fulfilled it was only because I had nothing else accessible when I had time to spare that I persevered, or I d have stopped at the first chapter The entire premise was farshallow than the blurb suggested even for fiction land, what those three women achieved in the matter of a few weeks was not just fanciful, it bordered on the ridiculous The interaction between every character was so Being the usual kind of book I d pick up, I had high hopes for this However, my expectations were not fulfilled it was only because I had nothing else accessible when I had time to spare that I persevered, or I d have stopped at the first chapter The entire premise was farshallow than the blurb suggested even for fiction land, what those three women achieved in the matter of a few weeks was not just fanciful, it bordered on the ridiculous The interaction between every character was so PC and right on it made my brain hurt, and every single occasion one of the women spoke to her children, it sounded like she d swallowed a parenting guide.Writing about gritty topics, when people behave and converse so unrealistically, demeans any point the author wants to make If the three women really were pressured, why were they never short with anyone Why did they never lose their rag, even for a moment, like every other parent male or female that I ve ever met Because that wouldn t fit in a world where five year olds have the emotional intelligence of an OAP, and they re constantly upbeat and well behaved where the three main characters are only distinguishable by the people they live with, rather than their personality or characteristics and in a country that decides to take a brand new party seriously despite being called The Lollipop Party because of a few trending tweets.The book s only saving grace was the sub plot surrounding Oscar his storyline, particularly at the end, was wonderfully moving and emotionally loaded It s a shame something so truly hard hitting was part of a wholly flaky, patronising and irritating tale.My last words are for the proof reader what have you got against the word the

  3. says:

    The Mummyfesto is a powerful and inspirational novel that forces people to not just complain, as they so often do, about the unfairness of politics but to actually stand up for their beliefs and change the world for the better Sam s youngest son suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy and when the children s hospital she works for faces yetcutbacks she wants to fight for the hospital so it can continue to help the children and their families Anna is a counsellor for troubled teenagers yet w The Mummyfesto is a powerful and inspirational novel that forces people to not just complain, as they so often do, about the unfairness of politics but to actually stand up for their beliefs and change the world for the better Sam s youngest son suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy and when the children s hospital she works for faces yetcutbacks she wants to fight for the hospital so it can continue to help the children and their families Anna is a counsellor for troubled teenagers yet when her eldest daughter is severely bullied she finds it much harder to deal with the implications on her already introvert child She wants to make a difference by grabbing the problem at its core and making schools entirely bully free Jackie divides her time between caring for her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer s Disease and is prone to wandering the streets in a confused state, and trying for another baby with her husband in a desperate attempt to give her only child a brother or sister When the lollipop lady, a woman who helps the children safely cross the road, at the local school is at risk of losing her job because of cutbacks the three women start a campaign to show the politicians that nothing isimportant to them than the safety of their children Their campaign is a roaring success and quickly evolves into something much bigger The Lollipop Party is born Anna, Jackie and Sam become the voice of the vulnerable people children, the elderly and those with disabilities These people are often the ones who need help the most but because they lack a strong voice they re also the ones who are quickly forgotten and are the first to suffer when the government decides to cut back on funding The women s love for their children is what gives them the strength to stand up for what they believe in and truly make a difference Their passion and determination on their journey paints an inspirational picture to the reader These women don t have a political degree or decades of experience working for the government to fall back on, but what they do have is compassion They see the fundamental issues within our society and decide to actually change them By voicing their concerns and standing up for what they believe in they inspire others to do the same in their own localities Their sometimes unconventional yet highly sufficient ideas ripple like a breath of fresh of air through the dusty corridors of the government.By creating these inspirational characters and touching upon difficult subjects such as taking care of a child with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, author Linda Green in turn is also an inspiration to the reader After finishing The Mummyfesto I found I had not only read a beautifully moving story but I too felt the urge to stand up and make a difference If we would just change some of the issues touched upon within the novel we d be living in a muchcaring world than we are now

  4. says:

    What an emotional roller coaster Struggled to get into this book initially, putting it down half way through and reading two others in the interim However I m happy that I did pick it up again My initial thoughts of it being predictable were correct, on the one hand But that doesn t mean it s not worthy of a read Whilst I predicted the outcome I couldn t have predicted how much I wanted all of the characters to be ok or how much involved you become in the lives of Sam, Anna and Jackie Al What an emotional roller coaster Struggled to get into this book initially, putting it down half way through and reading two others in the interim However I m happy that I did pick it up again My initial thoughts of it being predictable were correct, on the one hand But that doesn t mean it s not worthy of a read Whilst I predicted the outcome I couldn t have predicted how much I wanted all of the characters to be ok or how much involved you become in the lives of Sam, Anna and Jackie All in all a good read that I m happy to have finished Certainly different from my usual choice

  5. says:

    A wonderful story that will have you laughing and crying Can not recommend it enough

  6. says:

    When the lollipop lady outside the school Sam s young sons attend is told she is about to lose her job due to government cuts, Sam feels she must do something The lollipop lady is important, keeping the local children safe as they walk to and from school So Sam joins forces with with Jackie and Anna, fellow parents at the school and together they fight the governments decision.Upon their success, Sam is asked whether she would like to form her own political party Sam has never been particular When the lollipop lady outside the school Sam s young sons attend is told she is about to lose her job due to government cuts, Sam feels she must do something The lollipop lady is important, keeping the local children safe as they walk to and from school So Sam joins forces with with Jackie and Anna, fellow parents at the school and together they fight the governments decision.Upon their success, Sam is asked whether she would like to form her own political party Sam has never been particularly politically minded before but she s fed up with how the country is being run and decides to form a new family friendly party With friends Jackie and Anna on board, they devise a manifesto or rather a mummyfesto stating their core values and the things they want to change, and throw themselves into the next general election.When I first received The Mummyfesto I was worried it would be too politically heavy for my liking but I found the underlying story was about the three women and their family issues Sam has two young sons, one of which has an incurable disease which has left him wheelchair bound and reliant on machines to keep him healthy Sam works at a children s hospice and when she finds out their government funding is about to be significantly reduced, she s evendetermined that things must change to support the nation s families.Jackie has family troubles of her own Not only does she have a six year old daughter to take care of, her mother is suffering from Alzheimer s and is needingandcare Anna s teenage children are causing her concern her 15 year old son is hanging out with the wrong crowd while her 13 year old daughter is being bullied, something her school refuses to tackle.Despite their family commitments, the three women forge ahead with their plans, determined to change the way the country is run, not only to benefit their own families but those of the whole country The women aren t always supported in their plans but they are strong and courageous enough to put themselves into the political world and challenge what they deem to be major flaws Each woman is different, bringing something unique to the party I liked that they were parents and friends above all else and that they supported each other through their troubles.The children in The Mummyfesto are extremely important in the book as they bring humour and warmth and are also a major drive for Sam, Jackie and Anna to form the party The children aren t just in the background children and family are at the core of the new political party and they re at the core of The Mummyfesto too

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    I have never read anything by Linda Green before so I was very keen to start on The Mummyfesto.Sam, Jackie and Anna are mothers with children at school After successfully campaigning to save their children s lollipop lady, they find themselves center of attention As a reporter asks them if they ve ever thought of standing in the general election that is coming up soon This idea sticks and soon The Lollipop Party is formed, these are mums on a mission determined to change things for the better I have never read anything by Linda Green before so I was very keen to start on The Mummyfesto.Sam, Jackie and Anna are mothers with children at school After successfully campaigning to save their children s lollipop lady, they find themselves center of attention As a reporter asks them if they ve ever thought of standing in the general election that is coming up soon This idea sticks and soon The Lollipop Party is formed, these are mums on a mission determined to change things for the better Wow what a fantastic idea for a book As soon as I had read the blurb on the back I was very intrigued Mum s running the country Well why not Surely with their experiences as mothers and members of the public, they d be perfect candidates I absolutely loved the idea of three mums banding together and standing in the elections, and their policies made a lot of sense too anti bullying, funded children s hospitals and hospices, for example causes that they and other mothers strongly believe in.I really enjoyed this book I admit it did take me a few chapters to get fully settled into the story and to get my head around the politics side of the novel Although this story isn t just about politics, policies and causes there is so muchthan that With The Mummyfesto comes the very personal stories of three women, and their own struggles, hopes and dreams I won t say too much about what it delves into so as not to spoil the story, but I m certain there are readers out there who will be able to relate to the situations and scenarios that the three women face in their everyday lives, and this brings the story to life, and makes itrealistic.I thought the characters were very well written and thought out I very much enjoyed delving into their lives, understanding a bitabout their backgrounds and why they were campaigning for certain causes As they progressed in their journey throughout the book, Linda Green opens up the characters a bitso that we are shownof their personality and what makes them who they are I warmed to each of the three women and always looked forward to the next chapter.As I mentioned previously, there are a lot of subjects explored in this story, and Linda Green deals with them sensitively and thoughtfully The Mummyfesto is very thought provoking with some moments that will touch your heart However, there are also some scenes in store which lightens the mood The Mummyfesto is a very well written and enjoyable book which will have you cheering on mothers everywhere

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    I really didn t know what to expect with this book I had heard lots of people raving about it on Twitter and so when it was on offer the weeks it was released I thought that I would pick it up Initially I was a bit worried that I wouldn t be able to understand the politics of it all, but what I actually found was a book I was completely and utterly sucked into I read The Resolution before I read this book and so I had been introduced to all three of the Mums involved in The Mummyfesto I reall I really didn t know what to expect with this book I had heard lots of people raving about it on Twitter and so when it was on offer the weeks it was released I thought that I would pick it up Initially I was a bit worried that I wouldn t be able to understand the politics of it all, but what I actually found was a book I was completely and utterly sucked into I read The Resolution before I read this book and so I had been introduced to all three of the Mums involved in The Mummyfesto I really liked straight talking teacher Jackie I love the fact that she wears high heels even though they are completely impractical for her job as teacher and mum and I thought that her struggle throughout the book and her secrets which I won t reveal, of course were really well written I think that all three Mums, Jackie, Sam and Anna must have been quite difficult to write at some points in the story because they do all go through immense struggles, but I think that this is one of the things which is so endearing about the novel The struggles that they face are real life struggles, and things that so many women and mums out there have to go through and yet they are handled so well and so explained so clearly in this novel.I didn t think at the start of the novel that there would be so many bits that would make me cry, that it was just a jolly tale of three mums trying to take on parliament, but I found myself sobbing atthat one point in this book and yet this shows just how well the novel is written You build up a relationship with these mums and their children, you get to know them, go through their ups and downs and cry alongside them when they cry Readers should be warned not to read the ending of the book in public and run the risk of embarrassing themselves on a commuter train as I did All in all I think that there is something for most readers in this novel There is excitement, some politics, some sadness and a lot of real life funny moments The writing is wonderful, everything is knotted together to neatly and with a real feel good factor I think that most readers will fall in love with the mums and enjoy sharing life s trials and tribulations with them All that s left for me to say is I hope there s a sequel

  9. says:

    Three mothers and hard working ladies who are friends, campaign to save the job of the lollipop lady outside the local school in Yorkshire One of the ladies is a blogger with a mum s type blog which gains a lot of followers so the campaign succeeds and they get local media attention Inspired by the success, the three decide to stand as MPs in the coming election Their manifesto becomes a mummyfesto as they are all about standing up for kids and families and the weaker in society including s Three mothers and hard working ladies who are friends, campaign to save the job of the lollipop lady outside the local school in Yorkshire One of the ladies is a blogger with a mum s type blog which gains a lot of followers so the campaign succeeds and they get local media attention Inspired by the success, the three decide to stand as MPs in the coming election Their manifesto becomes a mummyfesto as they are all about standing up for kids and families and the weaker in society including seniors and children needing hospices It becomes hard for the reader to separate the ladies as they have similar voices and narrate in alternate chapters So it s the one with the boy in the wheelchair, the one who s a youth counsellor with her own moody teens, the one with unexplained infertility who wants a second child Which one has the mother with Alzheimers again Whose husband is a jerk and whose husband is the painter Some famous names appear such as Patrick Stewart, George Galloway, Baroness Warsi, the kind of person that these ladies never thought they would meet and now sit next to at Question Time The local people in Hebden Bridge are well painted, though homogenous no Indian ladies in saris, no Polish building workers, no unemployed people in shiny track suits Maybe there aren t any in Hebden Bridge The campaigners are undoubtedly right to highlight what they believe is wrong, but never once give thanks for all they enjoy for free, such as free doctor and dental care, and free hospital treatment without private health insurance, which is not necessarily the case in other countries The women each have an easily foreseen closure of issues coming down the track and it does seem rather too neat that they all wrap up at the same time We could be forgiven for thinking that this is going to be a riotous, hard hitting satire and flight of fancy like Queen Camilla by Sue Townsend However the tone isrealistic as is the outcome The author describes the peaceful death of a child, towards the end, which may well upset some readers going through their own difficulties Easily readable, with plenty of lighter moments and likeable characters, the tale may encourage us to make informed choices at election time and to help others

  10. says:

    Three women, who meet regularly in the school playground, have become close friends The book begins with a typical and amusing journey to school for Sam and her sons Then they hear that the school lollipop lady is being made redundant They are horrified and decide to start a petition. which, with the help of their friends, is wildly successful They get on the local news and start brainstorming about what they would do if they were politicians So Sam proposes starting a new political party Three women, who meet regularly in the school playground, have become close friends The book begins with a typical and amusing journey to school for Sam and her sons Then they hear that the school lollipop lady is being made redundant They are horrified and decide to start a petition. which, with the help of their friends, is wildly successful They get on the local news and start brainstorming about what they would do if they were politicians So Sam proposes starting a new political party that puts families first.Most of the book then follows the rapid rise of the Lollipop party, interspersed with events from family life for each of these three women The chapters alternate between each of the three, which works well to give their different perspectives., although I found that two of them had quite similar voices It took a while to get into this book, but then the story moves faster, with difficulties piling high for each family, and towards the end I had to grab a box of tissues for a couple of chapters What happened was not unexpected, but very moving I do have a few small niggles with the novel I felt as if there were rather too many important issues just touched upon, with little realistic resolution I was a disappointed that home education was only mentioned in passing, treated as if it were a poor alternative to school rather than a positive decision There are a few unlikely scenes and coincidences none a problem on its own, but overall, rather too many I was irritated, too, that there were a couple of unecessary jibes at God, which were irrelevant to the story I was also a bit disturbed by the amount of bad language in the book Still, these are minor complaints The book as a whole was amusing in places, highly emotional in others, and written with a great pace Recommended

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