The Mummyfesto by Linda Green – Win A Copy!

I love a good book, and even though I have my Kindle and NookHD I still love the feel and smell of a new paperback book and so this morning when the postman bought me a parcel I opened it eagerly and was delighted to see a copy of the new book The Mummyfesto from author Linda Green.

The Mummyfesto is already being described as ‘smart, witty writing’ by Elle Magazine and ‘utterly riveting’ by closer.

Linda GreenSo what is The Mummyfesto about?

When Sam, Jackie and Anna successfully campaign to save their children’s school lollipop lady, a TV reporter asks them 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 Alzheimer’s, 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 the three women could achieve if they did get into power…

Funny and thought-provoking, THE MUMMYFESTO is the perfect Mother’s Day read.

About the Author

LINDA GREEN is a novelist and award-winning journalist and has written for the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and the Big Issue.   She was born in North London and grew up in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire.  She moved to Birmingham, aged 19, and lived in the Midlands for 12 years, working as a reporter on the Birmingham Daily News and the Coventry Evening Telegraph.  She is a qualified tutor in creative writing and journalism.   Since 2001 she has lived in West Yorkshire with her husband and eight-year-old son.

Linda’s inspiration for the book came after she watched the leadership debates during the 2010 general election campaign with an increasing sense of disillusionment with mainstream politics and the men in suits who were leading it. Where were the women? Where were the radical ideas? Where were the policies which would really improve the lives of ordinary families?  After boring her husband to death by saying where everyone had gone wrong, and that a bunch of women could do better she started to write a synopsis about three mums who, having led a campaign to save a lollipop lady, are asked by a TV reporter if they fancied standing in the general election.

I cannot wait to get into bed tonight and open this and start to read about the characters, and chuckle over Linda’s funny and less serious ideas such as The House of Lords being replaced by Mumsnet, Chequers turned into a carers’ spa retreat and the active encouragement of skipping for all.

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As a bonus I have 5 copies of The Mummyfesto by Linda Green to giveaway in my latest competition.  To enter just give me your best answer to the question below.

If you were planning an election campaign what policy would you introduce and why?

Competition T&C’s

  • To enter this competition you must be: (a) a UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.
  • The closing date is 31st January 2013 at 12.00 AM and The Mummy Blogger reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time.
  • If you win the competition, we will notify you via e-mail. The prize will not be transferable to another person. The prize is not exchangeable for cash or any other prize. 
  • There are 5 books up for grabs and 5 winners will be picked at random.
  • The books will be sent by the PR agency for The Mummyfesto and The Mummy Blogger is not responsible for prizes.
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20 comments

  1. Emma T says:

    I’d do something about bringing back selective education/grammar schools, and then ensuring better teaching in all schools, not just the best.

    And find some way to ensure we could get children to respect others especially adults/people in authority like teachers, police etc. No idea how, but it would be great.
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  2. Kate says:

    I would like to introduce paternity 6 month leave with 6 month pay for Daddys too, when baby arrives, instead of the rubbish pay and time off they get!

  3. Karen (@Swimstar2000) says:

    I think I would introduce compulsary national service , get people out helping to make our country a better place .

  4. Kirsty says:

    I’d reverse the trend away from massive primaries and open plan classes with 60+ in the one space back to a smaller, more nurturing environment. (And I’d find a way to get back at the short sighted, money grabbing councilors in my area who have decided to close our infant school in July because they think bigger is better … can you use a position in power to deliver a little comeuppance these days?)
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  5. Rainie Bish says:

    I would make free prescriptions fairer. I’m only talking about changing the system if you have a specified medical condition and have a medical exemption certificate (MedEx). The way it currently works is if you have one of the listed illnesses you get all your prescriptions free. I feel this is very unfair for people who need to take life long medicine for any illness not covered by the exemption list. So the way it works is if your condition is listed you can get all prescriptions free even those not linked to your exemption illness but others whose illness is not listed and need daily medication get no prescriptions free. I would change it so all long term illness that require medication to keep you alive and well get free prescriptions but you would have to pay for any prescriptions not linked to those illnesses.

  6. Lynne OConnor says:

    I’d greatly increase research funding into Alzheimers and Dementia, as there can’t be a crueller illness and being old shouldn’t be a reason to be ignored

  7. Kelly Koya says:

    I’d bring back the free swimming for under 16s! I really miss that, with four children we jsut can’t afford it any more

  8. Solange says:

    I would focus on improving economy that would lead to the creation of new jobs and eliminating poverty. I would do my level best to make the country a welfare state. After successful experiments of climate change technology which provides a global lead over every country. I would have curtailed expenses on other projects except energy substitutes.

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