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Maria Beaumont was born into a working-class Cockney-Greek immigrant family. She now lives, respectably, in a North London suburb, not unlike the one in MOTHERLAND.
Photograph Â© Matt Beaumont
A funny, heart-warming tale about a frustrated suburban mum. Something there for many of us to relate to.
I so enjoyed her first novel, Marsha Mellow and Me about a mousey secretary writing a porn novel in secret, that I approached this with trepidation, fearing it would not be as good as her first and actually found it better! It has a wonderful Anglo-Greek heroine who aspires to run a fashionable central London fitness â€˜emporiumâ€™ while coping with her love/sex life, her crazy Greek family and their traditional ideas and a wacky bunch of work mates. The style is fresh, pacy, addictive and humorous. Itâ€™s raunchy, bitchy, warm, enormous fun and a bit different. In a word, itâ€™s fab.Comparisons: Kathy Lette, Carmen Reid, Jennifer Crusie.
On the eve of her thirty-seventh birthday, former voice-over artist Fran Clark finds herself in a role she could never have envisioned: that of a surprisingly desperate housewife, suffocating in her life despite, or because of, her ad-exec husband and two children. She's far too cynical to take suburban life too seriously-"e;if it weren't for the Happy Meal, several thousand women would have murdered their children"e;-yet she can't seem to stop herself from entering a panicky, drink-enhanced spiral downward to rock-bottom depression. It will take her children and her two best friends counting on her more than they'd ever dreamed for her to find the inner strength to rebuild her life. Fran's completely flawed yet charming personality narrates this funny, self-deprecating tale about one woman's brutally candid trip to the brink and back.