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Call Me Mummy by Tina Baker

Publication date 25.-02.21

Glamorous, beautiful Mummy has everything a woman could want. Except for a daughter of her very own.

So when she sees Kim - heavily pregnant, glued to her phone and ignoring her eldest child in a busy shop - she does what anyone would do. She takes her.

But foul-mouthed little Tonya is not the daughter that Mummy was hoping for. As Tonya fiercely resists Mummy's attempts to make her into the perfect child, Kim is demonised by the media as a 'scummy mummy', who deserves to have her other children taken too. Haunted by memories of her own childhood and refusing to play by the media's rules, Kim begins to spiral, turning on those who love her.

Though they are worlds apart, Mummy and Kim have more in common than they could possibly imagine. But it is five-year-old Tonya who is caught in the middle...

Call me Mummy. It'll be better if you do.

Five Star Review

Harrowing Beautiful Tale. The prose in this book is so gorgeous that it's almost like reading poetry. The writing so pacey and taut that at times, whilst reading, I had to physically slow down and take a breath. You just can't help racing through it. The writing style is beautifully descriptive yet blunt. There are some truly wonderful phrases. The book portrays realistic characters, and there are no punches spared. I recognized a few people myself. The main story focuses on two women, worlds apart socially, but both badly damaged by their pasts. And an innocent child who is taken. It is horrific in parts but also stunningly brave. Other characters are dispersed throughout and they also have strong voices. The use of social media as a vehicle for demonization was executed well. Highly Recommended

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