Every Day Is Mother's Day

Every Day Is Mother's Day

By Hilary Mantel

Holt Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780805062724, 224pp.

Publication Date: August 31, 2010


Stephen King meets Muriel Spark in Hilary Mantel's first novel.

Evelyn Axona-medium by trade-and her half-wit daughter Muriel have become a social problem. Barricaded in their once-respectable house, they live amid festering rubbish, unhealthy smells-and secrets. They completely baffle Isabel Field, the social worker assigned to help them. But Isabel is only the most recent in a long line of people that find the Axons impossible. Meanwhile, Isabel has her own problems: a married lover, Colin. He is a history teacher to unresponsive children and father to a passel of his own horrible kids. With all this to worry about, how can Isabel even begin to understand what is going on in the Axon household? When Evelyn finally moves to def Muriel, and Muriel, in turn, acts to protect herself, the results are by turns hilarious and terrifying.

About the Author

Hilary Mantel is the critically acclaimed author of eight novels, seven of which are available in paperback from Henry Holt. Winner of the Hawthornden Prize, she lives in England. Ms. Mantel reviews for The New York Times and the New York Review of Books.

Praise For Every Day Is Mother's Day

"A terrific book." (Fay Weldon)

"Hysterical, the dialogue is spot-on. . . . Muriel and her ma are cunning creations." (Margaret Foster)

* Strange . . . rather mad . . . extremely funny . . . reminded me of the early Muriel Spark." (Auberon Waugh)