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The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club by Nina Manning #Review

I am delighted to be part of the celebrations for the publication of Nina Manning's The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club . It was published by Boldwood Books on September 26th.     Whatever the question, the answer is wine! They’ve swapped the dark and lonely baby days for school gate chaos, but Aisha, Sophy and Mel are discovering that there are new parenting pitfalls just waiting for them… Influencer Sophy, is trying to keep on top of home and work life but is finding it all a bit tough! Everyone thinks she’s living her best life, but the pressure to maintain perfection at the school gates when all she wants to do is cry, is taking its toll on Sophy. Aisha doesn’t know what to do with all her spare time now her twins are at school. Maybe it’s time to focus on herself and the dreams she’s put on hold? But when her mum suddenly begins to feel unwell, Aisha has to rethink everything. And when Mel is offered a chance to live her dream, she grabs it with both hands. But there’

The Double Life of Daisy Hemmings by Joanna Nadin #Review


Today I am featuring an evocative novel by Joanna Nadin, The Double Life of Daisy Hemmings which was published by Mantle on 7th July.

The characters in this book are works of fiction. But, then, isn’t everyone . . . ?

1988, Pencalenick, Cornwall.
At seventeen, Jason wants much more from life than working at his father’s pub and when fate, in the form of twins Daisy and Bea and their small circle of friends, offers him a glimpse of another, more glamorous, world, he’s determined to become a part of it. It’s Daisy who Jason is most entranced by, though. Everyone is: she’s the sun around which others orbit.
The trouble with the sun, of course, is that those who get too close risk getting burned – and by the end of the summer, one of the group will be dead.

2018, Camberwell, London.
When famous actress Daisy Hemmings decides it's time to publish her autobiography, she chooses James Tate to write it. James is a ghost writer: it’s his job to step into other people’s shoes; to tell their stories for them. And he’s good at it. Very good. After all, he’s had years of practice at pretending to be someone he’s not.
But what happens when past and present – and truth and lies – collide?

Joanna Nadin’s
The Double Life of Daisy Hemmings is an unflinching, unforgettable novel about the people we are, the people we’d like to be, and the price we pay for getting what we want . . .


My Thoughts

The further I got into this novel, the more I enjoyed it. Written with a dual timeline, the action alternates between 1988 and 2018. Having met a group of characters in their late teens, you see how they have turned out. It is far from straightforward! I won't say any more about this as it would lead me into the land of spoilers but you soon realise that identity is a key theme and all is not how it seems. 

    The characters are certainly a varied bunch and at times, they are frustrating and unlikeable, at others, there is a sadness about them. The arrogance of privilege is set against the powerlessness of those at the other end of the social spectrum.  However, how much of this confidence is a facade, designed to fool? Jason, the teenager who the friends meet in 1988, is an observer of the group. He is an outsider.  When James meets them years later, his role is to question Daisy on her life and in doing so, he is led to some startling revelations. Much of the action takes place in the stunning setting of Cornwall. It appears to be an almost mystical place, set apart from real life in London.  This turned out to be an engrossing read with twists and turns and a few surprises. 

In short: interesting dynamics and revelations

About the Author

A former broadcast journalist, political adviser and government speech-writer, Joanna Nadin is the author of more than eighty books for children and teenagers, including the Flying Fergus series with Sir Chris Hoy, the bestselling Rachel Riley diaries, also set in Essex, and based on the author’s teenage years, and the Carnegie Medal-nominated Joe All Alone, which is now a BAFTA-winning BBC drama. She is also a lecturer on the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She has written two previous novels for adults, The Queen of Bloody Everything and The Talk of Pram Town

Tou can follow Joanna here: Twitter  |   Website 

Book link: Amazon UK

Thanks to Joanna Nadin, Mantle and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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