10 Books with Memorable Mothers

Nobody’s perfect – even mums.

When I was pregnant, I didn’t have food cravings. Instead, I gobbled up as many ‘How-to’ guides on motherhood as I could lay my mitts on, desperate to earn the ‘best mum in the world’ mug, despite not being a tea or coffee drinker. I was greedy for knowledge but I was also keen to read any fiction and memoirs that dealt with the many and varied aspects of answering to ‘mummy’ and the perceptions of motherhood.

 My novel, Buy Buy Baby explores the idea of how the role of motherhood can influence a woman’s sense of self and highlights how far two women will go to achieve their goal of becoming pregnant.

Here are some of the books I’ve read which feature ‘interesting’ mums. My favourite depictions of motherhood are when the writer has chosen not to make motherhood sound the same as sainthood or they highlight the, “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry” moments which test mums the world over.

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Helen MacKinven
Helen MacKinven

Helen MacKinven writes contemporary Scottish fiction, with a particular interest in exploring themes such as social class and identity, using black comedy and featuring Scots dialect. 

Her short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies and literary journals, such as Gutter magazine. Her debut novel, Talk of the Toun, was published by ThunderPoint in 2015 and her latest novel, Buy Buy Baby, was published by Cranachan in 2016.

Helen blogs at helenmackinven.co.uk and you can find her on Twitter as @HelenMacKinven