Mother of the Year by Karen Ross
The one person who could best judge a Mother of the Year competition would surely be a nominee’s daughter, right? And yet where three-time winner Beth Jackson is concerned, her daughter JJ is the one person who remains unconvinced the accolade is warranted.
This is JJ’s story more so than Beth’s, so let’s meet her. Twenty something, living in a flat-share in London, working in advertising, waiting for her boyfriend to propose. Not quite the same glamourous life as her mum, who’s a sort of Davina McCall/Anthea Turner/Fiona Phillips hybrid, but then she doesn’t want to get through life trading on her mother’s name, thank you very much. She will succeed in spite of, not thanks to, her family connections. It can be hard to get away from her mum’s shadow, however, and as she lays bare facts of JJ’s childhood and shares family stories with the nation, well, it doesn’t go down too well.
A hilariously entertaining story about the special relationships between mothers and daughters