Ally lives with her husband, Tom, and her son, Ben, in Cestrian Park, Chester; itâ€™s a world of verdigris planters, antique French wall clocks, Belfast sinks and Farrow & Ball colour charts. Ally loves it, but at the same time isn't sure she quite belongs there - it's such a long way from where she started out.
Next door live Juno and the half-French Manny, with their two gorgeous teenage daughters, Pascale and Sophie. Juno is beautiful, confident, curious; her household runs with a contented hum, its mechanism lubricated with organic olive oil.
But Juno has suddenly made a surprising decision: she has signed up for a reality TV show, Queen Mum. For two weeks, she will be going to live with another family in another town, while her opposite number will be moving in next door to Ally. Juno is excited; she thinks it will be a â€˜fascinating cultural exchangeâ€™. Ally isnâ€™t so sure; how will she manage without her best friend? But that isnâ€™t the only reason why she is worried. She doesnâ€™t like change. She has seen too much of it to find it interesting, and she knows from bitter experience how something precious can be lost in a moment.
Queen Mum is a perceptive and timely novel about friendship and love, recklessness and caution, and about how the camera, while it sometimes lies, can also reveal uncomfortable truths.
Closing date: 03/07/2018
Publication date: 02/06/2006
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||2nd June 2006|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
A former teacher, Kate Long born in 1964 grew up in Blackrod, Lancashire. She wrote her first novel, The Bad Mother's Handbook, after her children had gone to bed and "if there was nothing good on the telly." She currently lives with her husband and two young children in the small village in Shropshire.More About Kate Long