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Kate Long


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Kate Long is the author of seven novels. Her first, The Bad Mother's Handbook, was a number one bestseller, was serialised on Radio 4, nominated for a British Book Award and turned into an ITV drama/DVD starring Catherine Tate. She has since written six more novels: Swallowing Grandma, Queen Mum, The Daughter Game, Mothers and Daughters, Before She Was Mine and - the sequel to The Bad Mother's Handbook - Bad Mothers United. Kate's stories tend to focus on family drama and relationships between the generations, and her earlier work was heavily influenced by her Lancashire upbringing.
 
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Tell Me Everything (2006)
Sarah Salway
"I galloped through this book - couldn't stop once I'd started. The writing's so spare and yet the message so complex. It's spiky, sparky, pithy, and deep."
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Bitter Sweets (2007)
Roopa Farooki
"A zingy fruit salad of a novel - refreshing, colourful, and occasionally sharp to the taste!"
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The Great North Road (2007)
Annabel Dore
"An absolute treat to read. I haven't been so captivated by a writer's voice since I read Kate Atkinson's "Behind the Scenes at the Museum". Annabel Dore's going straight onto my list of favourite authors."
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Mum's the Word (2008)
Kate Lawson
"Like a glass of Frascati after a long day. Delightful."
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Living in Perhaps (2009)
Julia Widdows
"An absolute gem. I couldn't put it down."
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That Summer in Ischia (2011)
Penny Feeny
"Sun-drenched, dark and intriguing. I loved the way she painted Italy."
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The Dish (2015)
Stella Newman
"Sharp sweet and satisfying."

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