Swallowing Grandma by Kate Long

About the book

Katherine Millar is eighteen and desperate to be less fat, less swotty and to have cooler friends. But most of all she wishes she had two parents, instead of one grandma, Poll. Poll is pushing seventy, half blind and utterly poisonous. She has looked after Katherine since she was a baby, when her father was killed in a car crash and her mother vanished. Poll’s ambition is for things to stay exactly the same for ever, and for Katherine never to leave their pit village of Bank Top. Katherine has other ideas, and she can feel change is coming; the omens are all around her. In the meantime, she cleans up after Poll, revises for her exams, watches daytime television and surfs the net at the library trying to find out how to be bulimic. What she doesn’t quite realize yet is that life won’t always wait for you to catch up with it.

Reviewed by Cowdray Reading Group:

Enjoyed by most – found it very lighthearted. Thought the characters were interesting – especially the way the mother’s perception was written in dark print. Compelling with great sensitivity.

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “Swallowing Grandma by Kate Long”

  1. Review by Fareham 5.30 Reading Group:
    A sad subject but was easily readable and had moments of humour as well as sadness. A grown up version of Jaqueline Wilson
    Star rating: **


  2. Review by Bridgemary Bookworms
    Strange tale. Hard reading to start but worth persevering. Should be a sequel to follow Kat through university and meet her mother and how they got on.
    Star rating ***


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