Thank you to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for organising this book tour and to Katy Cox and Corvus Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Your family doesn’t fit the mould. So what?
Lucy had it all: an exciting career, a rock-star husband, great friends, a size ten waist, and pelvic floor muscles that could crack a walnut. And then, she had kids.
Since giving birth to her second child, Lucy’s life is totally unrecognisable. A ‘flab-alanche’ hangs over the top of her jeans, the romance in her marriage is officially dead and so is the career it took her years to build. Instead of playing the cello behind superstars at packed-out arenas, Lucy now spends most days mopping up broccoli vomit whilst listening to her four-year-old recite tedious facts about the gall bladder.
M is for Mummy is a frank and funny story about a unique family who don’t quite fit in to any mould in society, and about a mother doing everything she can to help her extraordinary son find his place in an ordinary world.
This book resonates so much on so many levels with me (not all) and I imagine any mother will feel an affinity with Lucy in some ways. Thank you to Katy Cox for writing a truthful, hilarious (because if you don’t laugh……), and relatable account of life in a family that doesn’t fit the mould.
Things I completely related to in this book:
1. An autistic child – Lucy knows Stan to a tee and meets his needs so well, regardless of what label he does or doesn’t have. She knows how to soothe him, work with his interests and strengths and he is an ultimate cutie. Stan is a mash up of my own son at that age and my nephew who is hyperlexic and highly numerate in many languages before the age of 4 and he is utterly adorable.
2. A traumatic birth – No – I will not forget about it soon (13 years and counting). It’s a strange feeling and one that seems to validate or share so I kind of thought it was just me. Lucy’s feelings and thoughts were so real to me and I felt as though I was sharing a private moment with a close friend.
3. Parent life and working in general – it’s not easy trying to balance everything and navigate a marriage at the same time. Everything needs 100% attention and effort but it’s not possible to maintain everything at that rate. The frustrations (including the petty ones), the stress and the way it can make you behave are portrayed perfectly through Lucy.
M is for Mummy is a comedy but has a real sense of reality about it. It’s such a fun but honest book and I enjoyed every minute of it. Katy manages to portray the difficult aspects of raising a family and motherhood – particularly a neuro diverse family – but does it without seeming moany or dissatisfied. I loved Lucy, Ed, Stan and Jack.
I’ll be raving about this book to all my friends. Thank You Katy.
Author Bio – Katy Cox
Katy Cox is a classically trained cellist who has performed with some of the music industry’s biggest names including Michael Bublé, Elton John, Bryan Ferry, and Take That. After having her first child, her touring life was put on hold, and she started blogging as an alternative creative outlet. Her illustrated comedy blog Carry on Katy was born and was shortlisted for the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging award for two consecutive years. Katy is a mother of two autistic sons and lives in Wales with her husband. M is for Mummy is her first book.