Humorous and heartbreaking debut novel with the fresh, funny, honest voice of a 14-year-old Geordie lad recounting the trials and tribulations of family life and finding first love.
Debut novel with the fresh, funny, honest voice of a 14-year-old Geordie lad recounting the trials and tribulations of family life and finding first love.
Humorous and heartbreaking debut novel with the fresh, funny, honest voice of a 14-year-old Geordie lad recounting the trials and tribulations of family life and finding first love. Danny's mam has a new boyfriend. Initially, all is good - Callum seems nice enough, and Danny can't deny he's got a cool set up; big house, fast car, massive TV, and Mam seems to really like him. But cracks begin to show, and they're not the sort that can be easily repaired. As Danny witnesses Mam suffer and Callum spiral out of control he goes in search of his dad. The Dad he's never met. Set in Newcastle and Edinburgh, this supremely readable coming-of-age drama tackles domestic violence head on, but finds humour and hope in the most unlikely of places.
Malcolm Duffy is a Geordie born and bred. His debut novel, Me Mam. Me Dad. Me., inspired by his time at Comic Relief visiting projects that support women and children who have suffered as a result of domestic abuse, was published by Zephyr in 2017. It has so far won the YA category of the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2019, the Redbridge Children's Book Award 2019 and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Prize 2019, the Bristol Teen Book Award 2019 and a host of other prizes.
'Stories like Danny's are important. Duffy explores the themes of domestic violence, isolation, and growing up with sensitivity, energy and heart' Armadillo. 'For pitch-perfect teenage voices, you can't go wrong with Malcolm Duffy's Me Mam. Me Dad. Me.' Irish Times, Books of the Year. 'It's hard to think of a work I've read for young people in recent times that has so much heart and humour, yet manages to explore such darkness ... I heartily recommend this for all teens' Herald, Books of the Year. 'By turns humorous and heartbreaking' Your Elmbridge. 'Never once does the authenticity of the narration waver ... The immediacy of the text is potent' 5 stars, Books for Keeps. 'A memorable and touching read' South Wales Evening Post. 'I really loved Danny, I loved his Geordie voice, I loved his endearing relationship with his girlfriend Amy. Although this is a story that deals with domestic violence there are some moments that are really funny in it ... A heavy topic dealt with a relatively light touch which is really important' Karen Gregory, Down the Rabbit Hole. '5* A powerful story of filial love when domestic violence gets in the way. An unforgettable central character and a truthful ending make for a truly impactful read' Jill Murphy, The Bookbag. 'It's an intriguing premise and one that Duffy, whose work as creative director at Comic Relief inspired and informed this novel, handles with aplomb' Claire Hennessy, Irish Times. 'An assured debut ... Danny's honest distinctive voice brings humour and hope' The Bookseller. 'A glorious, soaring voice telling an important story. Made me guts feel funny, like I was on a rollercoaster' Joanna Nadin, author of Joe All Alone. 'Touching and compelling to the end ... It has sweetness and comedy, despite the gravity of its theme. And it is a lesson in standing up for yourself and others and finding the people who deserve your trust' The Sunday Times, Book of the Week.
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