Mum-power is fuelling a political revolution in the latest novel by Halifax author Linda Green.
The Mummyfesto tells the story of three mums from Hebden Bridge who, after successfully campaigning to save the job of a lollipop lady, decide to set up a new political party and stand in the general election.
The Lollipop Party - which pledges to put children and families at the heart of its policies, - gains massive support through social network sites, leading to a surge in the polls and the national media to camp outside its fictional headquarters in Fountain Street, Hebden Bridge.
Author Linda, whose previous four novels have sold more than 200,000 copies between them, says the novel has already secured a book of the week slot in WHSmith and she is hoping it will prove to be her most successful work yet.
“The idea for the book came to me during the 2010 general election campaign when women’s voices and women’s issues were conspicuous by their absence,” she said.
“I bored my husband silly talking about where the major parties were going wrong and how a bunch of mums could make a better job of it. One night, desperate for some sleep, my husband suggested that instead of attempting a one-woman political coup, I should write a novel about someone else doing it. The ploy worked - he got to sleep, I began plotting a fictional revolution.
“I’m also the chair of the Handmade Parade and our planning meetings are held around our kitchen table, which got me thinking about just how big an event you could organise from a kitchen table.
“The three main characters - Sam, Anna and Jackie - are all struggling with problems in their family lives and I loved the idea that they might come together around Sam’s kitchen table to try to put the world to rights.
“It occurred to me that if a political revolution was going to happen anywhere, Hebden Bridge was the obvious place to stage it.”
Linda lives in Warley and her book is filled with Calderdale references - from Eureka to Market Street in Hebden Bridge.
She said: “I had enormous fun writing the book and I hope readers enjoy spotting all the local landmarks.
“It’s the third of my novels to be set In Hebden Bridge and I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from readers about what a refreshing change it is to have a novel set outside London in such an interesting place.”
Her previous novels are And Then It Happened, Things I Wis h I’d Know, 10 Reasons Not to Fall in love and I Did a Bad Thing.
Originally from Enfield, London, Linda is a former journalist and began work when she was 18 at the Enfield Gazette, as a trainee reporter.
She went on to work for the Birmingham Daily News, the Birmingham Metro and the Coventry Evening Telegraph.
When she left regional newspapers in 1998, she began freelancing, writing for national newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Times Educational Supplement and The Big Issue,
She and her husband Ianhad intended to live in Manchester but then fell in love with Calderdale.
Before her career as an author, Linda taught creative writing for the Workers Educational Association in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.
She decided to create her own novel 16 years ago and went freelance to give herself time to write it.
After more than 100 rejections from publishers, her debut novel I Did a Bad Thing was published in 2007.
Within weeds it soared in the best-selling paperback charts at Waterstones and Tesco.
Linda is inviting Courier readers to get into the spirit of the book by voting on what they’d like to see in a Mummyfesto by visitingher website www.linda-green.com.
The Mummyfesto will be published by Quercus on Thursday, February 14.