Bits & Pieces

If you’re interested in the effect of motherhood on writing, this new collection of essays by women writers will be right up your street.

I’m delighted to say I have a chapter on hedgehogs in the gorgeous nature anthology Spring, edited by Melissa Harrison.


On Twitter I post vintage magazine clippings. Buzzfeed featured me here: Buzzfeed

knit a bikini

I am on the Mslexia blog, writing about how becoming a mother has affected my writing.  Motherhood

And here I am writing about marriage, along with Sandra Howard and Janet Ellis:  Marriage

dvdcover1 Check out my Bad Mothers Facebook page: – and its Pinterest board – see where Charlotte, Nan and Karen actually live!

My writing history: Carol Hedges

Here I talk about the joys of general background research: Womagwriter

And here I describe how I first came to be published: Morgen Bailey

You can read a typical sort of day in the life of this novelist here.
I was thrilled with the ITV/Ruby Films production of ‘The Bad Mother’s Handbook’ starring Catherine Tate, Anne Reid, Rob Pattinson and Holliday Grainger. The programme is now available on DVD.
Here’s a sneaky look at the trailer:
My books are available as Kindle files, on CD at your local library, or as downloadable audiobooks on or iTunes.
The Academic Bad Mother’s Handbook

I was delighted to hear that ‘The Bad Mother’s Handbook’ is referenced in this academic text, ‘Family History in Lancashire: Issues and Approaches’, edited by Andrew Gritt.

I met one of the authors, Stephen Caunce, when I went to speak to a group at Preston University a few years ago and he asked me then whether he could include TBMH in his chapter ‘Autobiography and Fiction as Sources for Family and Community History’. His interest is in the way fiction can capture the domestic culture of a region or social class, and how we can use fiction to chart the changes between one period and the next. He compares the TBMH with other fiction by Lancashire writers, but distinguishes it from earlier novels in that it portrays a more fragmented family unit, comprising individuals affected by (amongst other things) vastly increased aspirations and mass media influences. The section concludes:

“[The Bad Mother’s Handbook] will be most useful to future historians researching the dynamic and evolving sense of conflict and change that characterizes our period. No longer do successive generations readily perceive a common purpose, or unthinkingly pursue common strategies within families.”

You can learn more about the book here