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.
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.
'For pitch-perfect teenage voices, you can't go wrong with Malcolm Duffy's Me Mam. Me Dad. Me.' Irish Times, Books of the Year.
'Stories like Danny's are important. Duffy explores the themes of domestic violence, isolation, and growing up with sensitivity, energy and heart' Armadillo.