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Publisher's Summary

Evelyn and Muriel Axon, mother and daughter, lead a haunted existence. Objects of horror to their neighbours, they evade or terrorise any social worker who crosses their path. Inside their house, they pursue a covert persecution of each other, shrinking from the unseen occupants of their spare room. But change is in the air…

Every Day is Mother's Day is a merciless comedy of colliding lives: of sex, death, madness, adultery and the social services.

©1985 Hilary Mantel (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Strange…rather mad…extremely funny…she reminded me of the early Muriel Spark" ( Auberon Waugh)
"What a terrific book" ( Fay Weldon)

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A harrowing but satisfying read.

Would you consider the audio edition of Every Day Is Mother's Day to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version of this book so I can't answer this question.

What other book might you compare Every Day Is Mother's Day to and why?

It reminded me of A Change of Climate in some ways. In both books a child is murdered. The deaths are the result of grotesque evil, both on the psychological level and the spiritual. Both books went to some very dark places that took some commitment on my part to get through.

What about Sandra Duncan’s performance did you like?

She was equally fine reading the poignant passages as well as the humorous ones. She made the characters come alive.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Includes a dinner party scene as exciting as The Red Wedding episode in Game of a Thrones!

Any additional comments?

A truly great first novel.

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  • Keith D. Brown
  • 07-03-15

Funny and thought provoking

There seem to be many Hillary Mantels: the present tense histories of Thomas Cromwell and the French revolution, and these character studies of the socially dysfunctional, like Beyond Black and this one. The story is cleverly constructed, and centers around a mother and daughter of interest to the welfare system who fall coincidentally into the path of an unhappy teacher and his unexciting wife.

The reading is excellent, very well characterised and clear, the comedy really brought out by the energy of the delivery.

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  • Ms. Valerie B. Oneill
  • 11-07-13

a srangly beguiling read

Where does Every Day Is Mother's Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

not one of the best but amongst my top 10 so far i will certainly listen to it again

Would you be willing to try another book from Hilary Mantel? Why or why not?

quite possibly although I have read paper copies of 2 of her books already

Which character – as performed by Sandra Duncan – was your favourite?

I liked mum and daughter the interaction and misunderstanding between them

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

would you like to live next door to these people ?

Any additional comments?

i enjoyed listening to this book i found it at times quite thought provoking and sad

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  • S.A.M
  • 07-11-15

A Comedy?

Listening to a book is entirely different to reading a book. You are taken along at the teller's pace and miss time for reflection. Even still I did not find this book a 'comedy'. Acutely observed and beautifully written about dreary every day characters, some dysfunctional, two very. I wonder they deserve the time spent on them. None of them gained my sympathy but I am sure there was no intention from the author to do so. Bitter angry hopeless is the feeling and conclusion.

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  • anthony
  • 05-26-15

mantel magic

If you could sum up Every Day Is Mother's Day in three words, what would they be?

entertaining surprising and enjoyable

Have you listened to any of Sandra Duncan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

All of sandras performance are great, she has excellent range of voices, with clear diction and pace - I especially enjoy the nicola upton series as sandra captures the period charm perfectly

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  • Maddy
  • 06-04-14

Witty and funny

This is Hilary Mantel touching on the macabre and psychic as she does in Beyond Black. It is funny, sad and poignant and written with her usual flair and style. Highly recommended.

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  • Richard Burt
  • 04-28-17

Depressing

I really didn't enjoy this book and am not quite sure what point it was trying to make, apart from the futility of life! There wasn't one single character I could warm to.

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  • CSK
  • 03-25-16

spellbinding

Thought provoking novel, stark reminder that this type of situation happens probably more often than we would like to acknowledge

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  • Colin
  • 02-15-16

Stories

Enjoyed the stories, all intertwining, each individual, a spiders web of human frailties. Cannot identify a special highspot, what a rare lot of characters there are. At the time of writing I know of a follow up book, if I had not known would have water one. Good read. Thank You
Colin.

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  • Josephine
  • 08-12-17

beware content

this book draws you in.. but the situation is quite disturbing, if you are of a sensitive nature, I would avoid as some content is not easy to listen to

1 of 1 people found this review helpful