Release Date: 14th February 2013
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When Sam, Jackie and Anna successfully campaign to save their children’s school lollipop lady, they are asked by a TV reporter 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 Alzheimers, 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 they could do if they got to run the country…
Having read and enjoyed some of Linda Green’s previous novels I was really excited when I spotted her latest, The Mummyfesto, sitting on the shelves of WHsmith. I have to admit I wasn’t sure how I would find this book – chick lit and politics? I did think that the title was ingenious however, and after reading the description of the book I was sold. Three mothers forming their own political party and standing in the next general election? Considering the problems that Sam, Jackie and Anna face in their day-to-day lives running the country should be a doddle…
Sam is mother to Zach and Oscar, Oscar suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy and is confined to a powerchair. Sam works at Sunbeams Children’s Hospice, and when it is announced that funding is to be cut she decides to take matters into her own hands. Anna is trapped in an unhappy marriage and one of her children is the victim of bullying and Jackie is desperately trying for another baby whilst caring for her mother with Alzheimers. When the lollipop lady at their children’s school faces redundancy the three mothers come together and decide with their expertise and knowledge they could help the country’s most vulnerable – the children, the disabled and the elderly, and so the Lollipop Party is born.
I thought that this book was based on a brilliant idea and know that the Lollipop Party would definitely have my vote! Their policies make a lot of sense; especially championing skipping. The characters in this story are so likeable and easy to relate to. Each chapter is told by one of the three characters and I found that this gave you a really good insight and understanding into their lives. I found myself genuinely caring about each one of them and their families. I definitely didn’t expect to find myself shedding tears at some of the struggles the characters experienced, but far from being a sad story I found this a really heart-warming read. The politics side of the story was actually really interesting, being based on such a powerful idea so don’t let the subject matter deter you from reading this! It’s such a touching, thought-provoking read and I would love to hear more from Sam, Anna and Jackie in the future. This story is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and is emotional yet inspiring at the same time.
I live in West Yorkshire (which is great, especially when it stops raining), have a really weird accent which means I can do Yorkshire, London and the Midlands in the same sentence without realizing it, am married to Ian, a sports photographer for a national newspaper, and have a nine-year-old son, Rohan, whose favourite authors are Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, Roddy Doyle and David Walliams.