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Since moving to the Liverpudlian seaside after her husband's career change, Emma Chance's life consists of the following: long walks on the beach (with the dog), early nights (with the kids) and Netflix (no chill).

Bored and lonely, when Emma is cordially invited to the exclusive cool school-mums' book club, hosted by Head of PTA and footballer's wife, Jools Jackson, she thinks her luck may finally be about to change. She soon realises she may have made a grave mistake when she realises it's all about books, and less about wine and gossip. 

After a few months and a few awkward moments involving a red wine on white carpet accident and a swear-word incident involving Jools's daughter, Emma is ungraciously kicked out of the book club. Exhausted and exiled, she decides it's about time she fights back against the shame and humiliation. Enlisting the help of some similar-thinking mums, Emma sets up her own book club - no cleaners, polite conversation or reading required: this is the Bad Mother's Book Club.


An inspiring feminist fiction title in Keris Stainton's inimitable voice, this is a novel about a group of women facing the trials and tribulations of life and learning about themselves and their strength in the process. 

You will love reading about the trials and tribulations of Emma, Maggie, Jools life’s and how they managed to deal with friendship, love, marriage, and health. There are many moments that will make you laugh, however there are some topical issues in this book, making it quite dark at times as well. It is honest, yet joyous and it really captures motherhood perfectly.

This is a fun, quick read that you will look forward to going back to read again in the future.

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Jemma Rowe

Jemma Rowe

Publicist at Hachette Australia and mother of a miniature dachshund named after Henry VIII. I love reading romance as much as I love drinking wine. Never put a gun to my head and make me choose between them.

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