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Me Mam. Me Dad. Me.


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Humorous and heartbreaking debut novel with the fresh, funny, honest voice of a 14-year-old Geordie lad recounting the trials and tribulations of family life and finding first love.

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Malcolm Duffy is a Geordie, born and bred. His first novel, Me Mam. Me Dad. Me., was inspired by his time at Comic Relief, visiting projects that support women and children who have suffered as a result of domestic abuse.


'Touching and compelling to the end ... It has sweetness and comedy, despite the gravity of its theme. And it is a lesson in standing up for yourself and others and finding the people who deserve your trust' * The Sunday Times, Book of the Week *
'A glorious, soaring voice telling an important story. Made me guts feel funny, like I was on a rollercoaster' -- Joanna Nadin, author of Joe All Alone
'An assured debut ... Danny's honest distinctive voice brings humour and hope' * The Bookseller *
'It's an intriguing premise and one that Duffy, whose work as creative director at Comic Relief inspired and informed this novel, handles with aplomb' -- Claire Hennessy, Irish Times
'5* A powerful story of filial love when domestic violence gets in the way. An unforgettable central character and a truthful ending make for a truly impactful read' -- Jill Murphy, The Bookbag
'I really loved Danny, I loved his Geordie voice, I loved his endearing relationship with his girlfriend Amy. Although this is a story that deals with domestic violence there are some moments that are really funny in it ... A heavy topic dealt with a relatively light touch which is really important' -- Karen Gregory, Down the Rabbit Hole
'A memorable and touching read' * South Wales Evening Post *
'Never once does the authenticity of the narration waver ... The immediacy of the text is potent' 5 stars' * Books for Keeps *
'By turns humorous and heartbreaking' * Your Elmbridge. *
'It's hard to think of a work I've read for young people in recent times that has so much heart and humour, yet manages to explore such darkness ... I heartily recommend this for all teens' * Herald, Books of the Year. *

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