Socialist Worker

Motherland by Jo McMillan

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2464

Motherland front cover

This novel begins with a small left wing paper sale.

It’s 1978 and 13 year old Jess is trying to help her mum Eleanor win over the people of Tamworth.

She gets organised in the Young Communist League, which is less impressive than she’d imagined.

Bits of this book are hackneyed. Others read like Adrian Mole, although not quite as good. But some are genuinely funny.

by Jo McMillan
Published by John Murray. £16.99 hardback

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Tue 28 Jul 2015, 17:29 BST
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