Three school-gate mums from Hebden Bridge team up for a surprisingly successful campaign to save their chidren’s lollipop lady.
So successful that they find themselves the talk, not just of the town, but of the whole county, thrust in front of local TV news cameras and asked whether or not they had thought about standing in the upcoming general election.
It’s a mad idea, but one that snowballs, and so The Lollipop Party is born. These mums are on a mission and their policies spring from their own chaotic and challenging lives. What do they want? Anti-bullying champions in every school, hospices and children’s hospitals fully funded by government, free parenting classes. That’s just for starters...but they soon find out that a week can be a very long time in politics.
Improbable, yes, but The Mummyfesto is also thought-provoking, amusing, touching and, at times, deeply sad and moving. It tackles issues such as living with a seriously ill child in an honest and insightful way that will ring true with those who know the reality only too well.
West Yorkshire writer Linda Green has developed a knack for tapping into the run-ragged psyche of modern mothers, here as they try to combine caring for their children with working to make the world a fairer, more decent place for all.
Should mums run the country? Well, yes, The Mummyfesto makes it quite obvious that they should.
The Mummyfesto, by Linda Green, is published on February 14 by Quercus Books at £7.99.