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Absolutely Smashing It

Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
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Unmissable, hilarious and kind, this is the first novel from Kathryn Wallace, who blogs as I Know, I Need to Stop Talking.

SAM! AVA! Get downstairs, NOW. Have you done your TEETH? HAIR? SHOES? Come on, come on, come on, we're going to be bastarding late again. No, I haven't seen Lego Optimus Prime, and nor do I give a shit about his whereabouts. Sam, will you stop winding your sister up and take this model of the Shard that I painstakingly sat up and created for you last night so that I wouldn't be in trouble with your teacher. I mean, so that you wouldn't be in trouble with your teacher. No, it doesn't smell of 'dirty wine'. Well, maybe it does a little bit. Look, Sam, I haven't got time to argue. Just hold your nose and get in the car, okay? AVA! TEETH! HAIR! SHOES!

Gemma is only just holding it together - she's a single parent, she's turning 40 and her seven-year-old daughter has drawn a cruelly accurate picture which locates Gemma's boobs somewhere around her knees. So when her new next-door neighbour, Becky, suggests that Gemma should start dating again, it takes a lot of self-control not to laugh in her face. 

But Becky is very persuasive and before long Gemma finds herself juggling a full-time job, the increasingly insane demands of the school mums' Facebook group and the tricky etiquette of a new dating world. Not only that, but Gemma has to manage her attraction to her daughter's teacher, Tom, who has swapped his life in the City for teaching 30 six- to seven-year-olds spelling, grammar, basic fractions - and why it's not OK to call your classmate a stinky poo-bum....

It's going to be a long year - and one in which Gemma and Becky will learn a really crucial lesson: that in the end, being a good parent is just about being good enough.

©2019 Kathryn Wallace (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Amazing!!!

I decided to buy this book, seeing as Kathryn is so funny talking about the daily struggles of motherhood. She did not disappoint...not even a little. It had the same feeling as Bridget Jones, but with the saying of “the struggle is real”. I was able to related to both Becky and Gemma, and rooted for both to fulfill their pack! Thank you Kathryn, but I need more!

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  • Clare Osborne
  • 05-06-19

Amazing!

Great feel good book. Love Kathryn Wallace’s book and blog. Hoping there’s a lot more to come!

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  • Craine1998
  • 04-07-19

Cracking first novel - Well worth listening to...

Bought this as I've followed the author on FB for a while - It's really refreshing to realize that other people have the same calamities with their kids too

Really loved the stories of the lead characters ( heroines)

Sad when I came to the end but lots of laughs - thank you x

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-19

up there with Marianne Keyes, sheer brilliance!

funny and heartwarming, relateable and brave. great to address mens mental health as well as the daily struggles of being a mum and trying to juggle home and work.

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  • Salopian Lass
  • 06-20-19

Kathryn Wallace absolutely smashed it!

Kathryn Wallace (no relation, sadly) writes a blog with great warmth, humanity and kindness under the name I Know I Need To Stop Talking. If you haven't read it, do seek it out.
This book has exactly the same voice which just adds to its authenticity. Ok the plot is never going to surprise you, but unless you are very snooty or quite a cold fish you will find her characterisation and story telling highly entertaining. I was really sad when it finished and hope we don't have to wait too long for the next one.