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Contemporary
  • Author:
    Kate Long
  • ISBN:
    0330419323
  • ISBN13:
    978-0330419321
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  • Publisher:
    Picador (March 5, 2004)
  • Pages:
    368 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Contemporary
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  • Rating:
    4.7
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The Bad Mother’s Handbook reminds us that there is neither the perfect time nor the perfect way to be a mother, and that .

The Bad Mother’s Handbook reminds us that there is neither the perfect time nor the perfect way to be a mother, and that life, in fact, is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. For the sheer laughter and love and crankiness of the entire parenting endeavor, spend some time with the three generations of Cooper women. This is a book for anyone who’s ever been part of a family (and you know who you are). In a juggling act as impressive as motherhood itself, Kate Long manages to brilliantly balance equal parts heartbreak and hilarity in a novel that you will love unconditionally. Sarah Bird, author of The Yokota Officers Club.

The Bad Mother's Handbook was a one-off television drama based on the best-selling novel The Bad Mother's Handbook by Kate Long. It was broadcast on ITV on 19 February 2007, starring Catherine Tate, Anne Reid, Holly Grainger and Robert Pattinson. According to BARB, the show received strong viewing figures of . 9 million. Karen (Catherine Tate) is a mother in her thirties, raising teenaged Charlotte (Holly Grainger). Karen's mother Nan (Anne Reid) is suffering from Alzheimer’s.

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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 u. . 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?

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The Bad Mother's Handbook - Ebook written by Kate Long. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read The Bad Mother's Handbook. 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?

It was election day 1929 and we were mucking about on top of the wall by the polling station.

It was election day 1929 and we were mucking about on top of the wall by the polling station rned side-saddle so as to spot the people who’d voted Conservative, my dad said you could see it in their faces. Jimmy nudged me and we started singing: ‘Vote! Vote! Vote for Alec Sharrock He is sure to win the day And we’ll get a salmon tin And we’ll put the Tory in And he’ll never see his mother any more.

About The Bad Mother’s Handbook. With wit and wisdom, Kate Long proves that there are as many kinds of mothers as there are daughters, but the love that binds them all is what truly matters. About The Bad Mother’s Handbook. Bad mother rule never, ever, do what I DID! For seventeen-year-old Charlotte Cooper, it’s too late.

The Bad Mother& Handbook is the story of a year in the lives of Charlotte, Karen, and Nan, none of whom.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. BAD MOTHER RULE NEVER, EVER, DO WHAT I DID!For seventeen-year-old Charlotte Cooper, its too late

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. BAD MOTHER RULE NEVER, EVER, DO WHAT I DID!For seventeen-year-old Charlotte Cooper, its too late. Despite her best efforts to finish school, tune out her angry, slightly hysterical mother, and cope with her loving but dotty grandmother, she is unexpectedly (now thats an understatement) pregnant. And dont even mention the jerk who knocked her u. harlottes mother, Karen, is trying to convince herself that there are worse things than becoming a grandmother at thirty-three.

But there is no reason to be wary or depressed at Long's success. In fact, it's rather encouraging. But Long's intentions are more benign.

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 drinking too much vodka? When are you too young to have a child? Karen is both a mother and a daughter, but wants to be so much more besides. Searching for her past, trying to secure her future, struggling with Nan's forgetfulness and unpredictability, as well as Charlotte's moods and teenage attitude, she finds herself caught in the middle, but also charged with holding her family together. Engaging and intelligent, The Bad Mother's Handbook is a matter-of-fact look at the intricacies of relationships and relatives, and an important reminder that while there are as many sorts of mother as there are children, it is love, not blood, that makes a family.

GAMER
I’ve seen the movie multiple times and liked it, so I wasn’t in a hurry to read the book. It turns out, the book really is better than the movie. Go figure!

The Bad Mother’s Handbook chronicles a year in the life of a three generation household – daughter Charlotte, mother Karen and grandmother Nan. It examines mother/daughter relationships in many different forms; teen moms, single moms, adopted moms, birth moms, etc. On the flipside, it shows what it means to be a daughter. Sounds sappy, I know, but honestly, this is a good book. It can be realistic and funny, heartbreaking and joyous. God, I sound like a flipping Hallmark commercial!

I think what I liked best is the characterization. These people are deeply flawed and kind of crazy, yet I can relate to them. (What does that say about me?) I especially loved Charlotte and her unlikely romance with a weirdo boy at school. He was totally the guy I would have gone for, sweet and nerdy. Grandmother, Nan, has dementia and health issues with stress Karen to the max. You want to get angry with Karen for losing her temper all of the time, but if you put yourself in her position, she can sympathize with her situation.

Something American readers might have trouble with is the language. This is a contemporary British fiction written in the vernacular of the working class. I read a lot of Brit Lit, of I didn’t find it distracting, but there are those who might. The point of view shifts can be distracting as well. POV changes frequently and it takes a paragraph or so before you can figure out who is speaking. It gets easier as the book goes on, but in the beginning, it inhibited the reading flow.

Overall, I give The Bad Mother’s Handbook…
Plot – 3 bookmarks
Characters – 4 ½ bookmarks
Humor – 3 bookmarks
Love Story – 3 ½ bookmarks

Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – It’s probably no surprise that that I can only picture the movie cast, considering I’ve seen it like five times. Karen (Catherine Tate), Nan (Anne Reid), Charlotte (Holly Grainger), Daniel (Rob Pattinson)
Tetaian
I really enjoyed reading this book. Its a story about three generations living under the same roof- female perspective. Interesting to read about English lower-middle class life and tribulations. Had seen the tv movie based on this story and loved it. But after reading the novel, I love this story even more. Well done Kate Long. After posting this review, I'll be purchasing her other novels!
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Tar
One of my favorite books AND movie too!!
Qwert
I thoroughly enjoyed this funny novel. The characters are real, relatable and intriguing. I saw the film first and enjoyed it, so since books are most often better, I gave it a shot and I'm glad I did.
Sha
Lovely book to read, comfortable and easy. Very relaxing. I enjoyed the day to day chatter and the ladies' emotions. Very good storyline.
Scoreboard Bleeding
I read the book first and loved it so much I had to get the movie. Wonderful humor and sensitivity.
THE BAD MOTHER'S HANDBOOK by Kate Long
July 13, 2007

Amazon Rating: 4/5 stars

Here's a book that I wasn't sure what to expect, but I ended up liking a lot. THE BAD MOTHER'S HANDBOOK is the story of three generations of women, all of whom ended up raising their child in an unconventional setting, and are now all living together under one roof for one reason or another.

The novel takes place in London. Nan is the oldest and in her twilight years, driving her daughter Karen up the wall. Karen is in her thirties and is having issues with her daughter Charlotte, who unexpectedly finds herself pregnant and unwed (something Karen has done but was hoping that Charlotte wouldn't make the same mistake). Life is complicated for all of them, and gets worse as Nan starts to behave erratically, a sign of her old age. While Charlotte has to deal with a baby in her future, Karen has just learned that she's adopted. So she goes in search of the biological mother she hopes will love her more than she thinks Nan ever did.

While at first the three women drove me nuts, the more I got to know them, the more I got caught up in their stories. All three women had complicated histories, but the author did a wonderful job in making each story stand out. All three women are treated as main characters, just with different issues, as they learn to be a family and learn what really matters in the long run.

One stand out character I enjoyed was Charlotte's "friend" Daniel, who seems to have a crush on Charlotte. Charlotte, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with him at first. But he perseveres, and continues to be her friend after her boyfriend dumps her and fails to acknowledge that she's pregnant (he calls her "stupid"). Daniel and Charlotte's relationship is a test in friendship, and it's this that I think makes the story a big step above chick lit. (Actually, the book is NOT chick lit but the title may mislead some readers).

I'm definitely recommending THE BAD MOTHER'S HANDBOOK. It was a pleasant surprise and a good read. I hope to read more by this author.