Call Me Mummy


Glamorous, beautiful Mummy has everything a woman could want… except for a daughter of her very own. So when she sees Kim – heavily pregnant, glued to her phone and ignoring her eldest child in a busy shop – she does what anyone would do. She takes her. But little foul-mouthed Tonya is not the daughter that Mummy was hoping for.

Meanwhile Kim is demonised by the media as a ‘scummy mummy’, who deserved to lose Tonya and ought to have her other children taken too. Haunted by memories of her own childhood and refusing to play by the media’s rules, she begins to spiral, turning on those who love her.

Though they are worlds apart, Mummy and Kim have more in common than they could possibly imagine. But it is five-year-old Tonya who is caught in the middle…



I loved [this] book. It’s very dark, heartbreaking and totally absorbing — Lorraine Kelly

It’s brilliant. I had to read the last half of it all in one go as I couldn’t put it down — Eddie Mair, LBC Radio

Horrifying and beautiful in equal measure, the characters truly lifelike in their all too human complexities. Brilliantly written and emotionally compulsive. I loved it —
Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

A powerful and thought-provoking page turner. The definition of unputdownable — Katerina Diamond, author of The Heatwave

I rattled through Call Me Mummy, biting my nails the entire time. Tense and gripping, these characters will stay with me for a long time — Alice Clark-Platts author of The Flower Girls

Psychologically twisty and utterly gripping – a novel to make you question the way things appear at first sight — Lisa Hall, author of The Perfect Couple

A powerful, dark and bleak novel with broken characters that really got under my skin. Absorbing, gritty and very real

Mel Sherratt, author of Tick Tock

Disturbing, distinctive, and peppered with black humour, this is a book I couldn’t put down. If you like your fiction dark and compelling, you’ll love Call Me Mummy — Amanda Jennings, author of The Storm

An astonishing debut. Beautifully written, but also raw and uncompromising, this is a gut-punch of a novel — David Jackson, author of The Resident

Bleak but totally compelling and peppered with dark humour. Tense, twisted and totally unputdownable. Shocking and brilliant — SJI Holliday, author of Violet