'One of the freshest, funniest, most exciting new voices I’ve read for a long time' JANE FALLON
'Fresh and funny and REAL ... Martha really spoke to me. She will steal everyone's heart!' VERONICA HENRY
'Beautifully written and emotionally intelligent. I rooted for Martha from the start.' Daily Mail
Meet Martha Ross. She dreams of being a singer, but she’s been working in a call centre for far too long. She’s separating from her husband, the father of her son. And she’s moving back home to her parents’ as a single mum, toddler in tow.
Life has thrown her a few lemons . . . but Martha intends to make a gin and tonic. It’s time to become the woman she’s always wanted to be. And at least her mum’s on hand to provide childcare – and ample motherly judgement, of course.
Soon Martha realises that in order to find lasting love and fulfilment, she needs to find herself first . . . But her attempts at reinvention – from writing a definitive wish list of everything she wants in a new man, to half-marathons, business plans and meditation retreats – tend to go awry in the most surprising of ways . . .
A warm, vibrant and painfully funny novel for fans of Why Mummy Drinks, Fiona Gibson and Lucy Vine.
*Also published as The Reinvention of Martha Ross*
What fabulous, confident writing! One of the freshest, funniest, most exciting new voices I've read for a long time.
Beautifully written and emotionally intelligent. I rooted for Martha from the start.
Fresh and funny and REAL ... Martha really spoke to me. She will steal everyone's heart!
Very funny and delightfully relatable - this was a real treat.
[A] warm and insightful debut with a clever, funny and totally relatable heroine.
In this extract from Allcott's latest novel, Alison is beginning to wonder what has happened to her life. She can't imagine what it would be like without her family. But sometimes she would like to find out. Every day she packs lunches, rushes to work, and breaks up her daughter’s squabbles. She’s bored, restless and hungry for some excitement.
In 2017 Charlene Allcott was selected to be one of the twelve writers mentored under the Penguin Random House WriteNow scheme, a huge movement to find writers from a variety of backgrounds. This year, Charlene publishes her debut novel, The Reinvention of Martha Ross. Here is Charlene's own story on how she became a published author.