Annie Mac has written a novel about motherhood, addiction and family ties

The book was "mostly created from small bursts of frantic writing squeezed into any spare time pockets I had"

13.10.20

Words by: Felicity Martin

BBC Radio 1 DJ, presenter and podcast host Annie Macmanus, also known as Annie Mac, has announced her debut novel Mother Mother will be published by Wildfire in May 2021.

The book is billed as a coming-of-age novel following a young woman called Mary McConnell, whose son one day finds her missing.

Speaking about the novel, Macmanus said: “This book took two years to write, and was mostly created from small bursts of frantic writing squeezed into any spare time pockets I had. I found the whole process mesmerising. I focused on themes that are powerful and personal to me: motherhood, family ties, addiction, the resilience and strength of women and the Teflon bond that can exist between a mother and a son.

“I will treasure my research trips to Belfast and the people I met along the way. I am so grateful to have been given a chance to publish this book and I hope that it can move readers in some way, and even stay with them for a while.”

On the Waterstones website, the book is described as “a gritty, affecting novel about family, grief, addiction, and motherhood. And it asks the question – if you spend your life giving everything to the ones you love; do you risk losing yourself along the way?”

Annie Mac, along with other DJs including Fat Tony, recently spoke out about the UK government’s lack of support of the live sector.

Anja Schneider described Annie Mac’s Changes podcast as one of her favourites in her best conversational podcasts feature for us.

Pre-order Mother Mother via Waterstones here.