Be Guid Tae Yer Mammy by Emma Grae

Kate and her Granny Jean have nothing in common. Jean’s great claim to fame
is raising her weans without two pennies to rub together, and Kate’s an
aspiring scriptwriter whose anxiety has her stuck in bad thought after bad
But what Jean’s Glaswegian family don’t know is that she dreamed of being a
film star and came a hairsbreadth away from making it a reality.
Now in her nineties, Jean is a force to be reckoned with. But when the family
starts to fall apart Jean must face her failings as a mammy head-on – and Kate
too must fight her demons. Either that or let go of her dream of the silver
screen forever…

My Thoughts


Be Guid Tae Yer Mammy is a truly unique story that follows the relationship between Kate and her Granny Jean. They struggle to find anything at all in common with one another, something that certainly isn’t helped by the very different lives they find themselves living.

They have both faced their hardships throughout their lives, despite the rather different paths they have followed. Jean boasts of how she raised two children with very little money to her name, whereas Kate works tirelessly as a script writer – something that has had a huge impact on her anxiety of late.

But what they are initially unaware of is how much they actually have in common with one another, especially as secrets start pushing their way to the surface and these two strong willed women have to fight their inner demons in order to move forward with their lives and save their family that is slowly falling apart.

This was such a captivating story that had me fully engrossed right to the end. I loved the different voices the author so brilliantly gives Kate and Jean – allowing you to really get a deeper grasp of who they are and what drives them in life, some of which you can really relate to. The dialogue that is provided when these women collide is gripping and perfectly structured, providing us with a wonderfully paced read that is impossible to forget.

A beautifully written story that takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions throughout. This is one of those reads that will prove impossible to forget.

About the Author

Emma Grae is a Scottish author and journalist from Glasgow. She has been writing in Scots since she was a student at the University of Strathclyde, tipsily coauthoring poems with fellow writer Lorna Wallace before moving on to write fiction in the language.

She has published fiction and poetry in the UK and Ireland since 2014 in journals including The Honest Ulsterman, From Glasgow to Saturn and The Open Mouse. As a journalist, she writes under her birth surname, Guinness, and has bylines in a number of publications including Cosmopolitan, the Huffington Post and the Metro.

Be Guid tae yer Mammy is her first novel.

*Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours, Unbound Press and Emma Grae for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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