The Bad Mother's Handbook/Swallowing Grandma by Kate Long

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1997: the year Blair was elected, and Diana died; and the year that changed everything for Charlotte, Karen, and Nan.

Charlotte is doing her A-levels. And she's pregnant.

Karen, her mother, is thirty-three; now she's about to be a grandmother. How chuffed is she with that?

And then there's Nan, who isn't so bothered about her granddaughter's pregnancy - she has other things on her mind. Where is she again?


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 Polls, 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.