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Where Has Mummy Gone?

by Cathy Glass

Biography / Autobiography Books of the Month Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Relationship Stories The Real World

LoveReading View on Where Has Mummy Gone?

Where Has Mummy Gone? is a captivating insight into the life of a foster carer. Eight-year-old Melody is angry and confused when she comes to live with Cathy Glass and her family, claiming that her drug-dependent mother Amanda can’t manage without her. Over time, it transpires that this vulnerable child isn’t the only one who needs help. Cathy works tirelessly to juggle Melody’s needs alongside the bureaucracy of fostering and bringing up her own children. It’s a difficult and demanding role, especially because, in this particular situation, Amanda needs specific care as well. This is my first Cathy Glass book and certainly won’t be my last. It’s written in a clear and easy-to-read style, with vivid descriptions bringing people, places and events to life. At times I forgot that this is a true story, with several revelations that could have come straight out of fiction. Where Has Mummy Gone? is filled with compassion and love, mixed with heartbreak and tragedy – a reminder that foster care can help to make a big difference to people’s lives. Its bittersweet ending brought tears to my eyes, touched me deeply and left me thinking.

Victoria Goldman

Where Has Mummy Gone? Synopsis

The true story of Melody, aged 8, the last of five siblings to be taken from her drug dependent single mother and brought into care. When Cathy is told about Melody's terrible childhood, she is sure she's heard it all before. But it isn't long before she feels there is more going on than she or the social services are aware of. Although Melody is angry at having to leave her mother, as many children coming into care are, she also worries about her obsessively - far more than is usual. Amanda, Melody's mother, is also angry and takes it out on Cathy at contact, which again is something Cathy has experienced before. Yet there is a lost and vulnerable look about Amanda, and Cathy starts to see why Melody worries about her and feels she needs looking after. When Amanda misses contact, it is assumed she has forgotten, but nothing could have been further from the truth...

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Where Has Mummy Gone? Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Foster mother Cathy Glass narrates this uplifting true story of Melody and her sick mother Amanda. The beautifully told story is absorbing and moving in equal measures. Full review

Joan Hill

Cathy Glass is not only an amazing foster parent but a great story teller too. Full review

Carol Peace

A must-read for everyone. Interesting, insightful and so much more. Full review

Julia Day

Ultimately a feel good story featuring the unsung foster carers society relies on so much but does little to thank. This novel goes a long way to doing that. Full review

Jane Gilman

Marvellous book, left me teary eyed! Full review

Sue Frances

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ISBN: 9780008305468
Publication date: 06/09/2018
Publisher: Harper Element an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008305468
Publication date: 6th September 2018
Author: Cathy Glass
Publisher: Harper Element an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Relationship Stories, The Real World,
Categories: Memoirs, True stories,

About Cathy Glass

Cathy Glass has been a foster carer for twenty-five years, during which time she has looked after over one hundred and fifty children, as well as raising three children of her own. She was awarded a degree in education and psychology as a mature student, and writes under a pseudonym. To find out more about Cathy and her story visit

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