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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.
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?
They say write what you know. In my life at the moment, which resembles a shaken blanket, still and aired out, my ripples of excitement are less. They still arrive, but in a more formulated and predictable way; a night out planned for weeks, a long work project being released to the world. This January, which I had been dreading, I decided I would attack the gloom with endorphins. To clarify, I never get excited about exercise, but afterwards, it can genuinely turn my day around. Enough days turned around can change the whole feel of a month. But god, does the exercise you choose really force you to confront where you are in your life.
Don’t exercise to be thin. Exercise to be strong. The best place for ideas is alone and on the move. Start or end every day with writing about your life. Take what’s in your head and type it out, even if you don’t feel like you are thinking anything of note. There’s always something buried underneath the to do list in your head, something you didn’t realise you felt, that when written down, will make everything clearer.
It’s been ages since my last newsletter and I can only apologise. I am starting to identify a pattern to the way I write novels. It involves months of being all consumed by this fictitious world that I’m writing about and the characters within it, writing all the hours I can.
God I can talk. I don’t know how long I could talk for if I didn’t have to stop. I always have to stop. I am a woman. Most of the time I feel able for the days, but when I am possessed by my hormones the hard surface cracks and hot lava bubbles up and out of me, hissing and snapping all around.