From journalist and fiction writer, Emma Grae, comes this moral tale of legacy, family values, relationships and secrets that are intrinsic to many families. Be guid ta yer Mammy, published by Unbound, is a relative, life-affirming tale set in Glasgow, written in Scots, that opens the door for you to think about family dynamics, illness and the significance of living life.
Kate and her Granny Jean seemingly 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 negative places, and which grinds away at her self-esteem. With family politics, drama and henceforth court cases all affecting the Stirling family’s perception of Jeannie, it’s easy for there to be ill feeling on all sides.
But what Jean’s family don’t know is that she dreamed of being a film star and came a hairsbreadth away from making it a reality. It’s only through her correspondence with Hollywood star, Lizzie, that her family come to realise the life she almost had, away from weans, a drinking husband and an oft selfish family.
Now in her nineties, Jean is a force to be reckoned with. However, a fall and a formidable age along with family circumstance means it’s not long afore she is to be found in a care home. This in itself presents many surprises along with her understanding and clear sight of who supports and is ultimately guid to their Mammy.
A heart-warming though unsettling family tale, Emma Grae’s book is a blessing in terms of tying generations to each other, harnessing a respect for each other despite the gap.
Be guid tae yer Mammy is out now, published by Unbound