Mothers and Daughters

newmothers-daughters(first published as ‘A Mother’s Guide to Cheating’)

Carol married young, to philandering Phil – and became a mother young, to highly-strung Jaz. Carol put up with Phil’s infidelities: suffer in silence and keep the family together was her mantra.

Not so Jaz. The moment she discovers her own husband Ian’s errant ways, she throws him out of the house, changes the locks and bans him from seeing their toddler son Matty.

In so many ways independent and strong, where her daughter is concerned Carol is a coward. When Jaz finds out that her mother has enlisted the support of Ian’s father David to try to get her back together with Ian, Jaz is beyond furious and disappears with Matty.

With a deft lightness of touch – and a dash of unexpected romance – Kate Long takes us into the heart of this mixed-up but utterly recognisable family who fight for what they believe in, even if it puts the closest members on opposing sides.

You can read an extract here
Read my view on grandparents and the law on the wonderful Fab After Fifty blog here:


Ones to Watch – The author of the bestselling ‘The Bad Mother’s Handbook’ moves to Simon & Schuster for this novel about the effects on infidelity on two generations of women. Carol put up with her philandering husband for years, but her headstrong daughter Jaz chucks her husband out immediately and bans him from seeing their toddler son. Long writes so well and warmly about tangled family relationships, this is highly recommended for Mother’s Day”.
The Bookseller

“A storyteller in the Joanna Trollope league, Long writes astutely and comically about the complexities of motherhood and the second chance offered by granny-dom.”

The Independent

“… a piece of terrific storytelling”


“… intelligent, well-observed and poignant”

Good Housekeeping

“A warmly observed, psychologically acute account of a family in crisis”.

Daily Mail

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“You can’t beat a good dose of escapism, and Kate Long does it best. Her legion of female fans turn to her when they need some TLC. This latest take, about cheating husbands and how to handle them, is hilarious and moving all at once.”

The Sun

“Kate Long is one of the authors that I rush out to buy straight away. I find her work challenging, witty, fresh and real. This book is full of terrible and wonderful truths about family life.”

Adele Parks

“Another great book from the author who brought us the big selling Bad Mother’s Handbook. One of my favourites”

Sarah Broadhurst


“In her fifth novel, Long once again proves she has an eye for a topical storyline, a sharp ear for dialogue, and a skill for blending comedy and drama. If you enjoyed 2004’s The Bad Mother’s Handbook, this will not disappoint.”

The Independent
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