Book of the Month: Mother by Hannah Begbie
Hannah Begbie's debut is an explosive novel about obsession and the lengths to which we'll go to save the ones we love
About the book
Cath had twenty-five perfect days with her newborn daughter before Mia's deadly illness was diagnosed.
As her life implodes, Cath's despair drives her to a parental support group where she meets a father in a similar situation, the dangerously attractive Richard. He's charming, handsome and adamant that a cure for their children lies just over the horizon: everything Cath wants to believe.
Their affair – and the chance to escape reality – is unavoidable, but carries catastrophic consequences: the nature of Mia's illness means that Cath's betrayal endangers not just her marriage but the life of her baby.
Can she stop herself before it’s too late?
Mother is in development for TV and will be adapted by Tom Edge, Lovesick creator and producer and writer on The Crown and Strike.
About the author
Hannah Begbie was a talent agent for fifteen years, representing BAFTA and Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning writers and comedians until her youngest son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. In 2015 she joined the board of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust to raise awareness and advocate for the CF community. She also enrolled in The Novel Studio course at City University, winning that year’s new writing prize. The novel she developed there became her debut novel, Mother. Hannah lives in north London with her husband, a screenwriter, and their two sons.
Hannah says: “I am thrilled that ‘Mother’ has been chosen for Mumsnet Book of the Month. The story was inspired by an experience that made me feel as if my job as a mother, to sustain and nurture life, had been impossibly compromised. The resulting novel is a thriller-ish exploration of the multiple identities women juggle and how mothers are perceived when they fall short of society’s expectations. I can't think of a better forum to discuss these ever-evolving issues than with the mums of Mumsnet and can't wait for the web chat.”
What our bloggers thought
“Mother compelled me to read to the very last page, set down the book, and climb the stairs to kiss my four healthy children goodnight and remember just how very lucky I am.”
“A book that we should all read. This is a novel that will leave its imprint on you long after you have finished reading the last page. "
“While the story is heartbreaking, it is also ultimately uplifting. Definitely a must-read, but do be prepared to shed more than a few tears.”
“I enjoyed the book and thought it was written in a way that was thought-provoking, as well as accurately depicting the way life can spiral out of control in tough times.”
If you're interested in joining us, do grab yourself a copy. You can check out the book first by reading or listening to the extract:
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Hannah Begbie will be joining us to answer questions about Mother on Monday 29 October between 9 and 10 pm.
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