Skip to main content



The School For Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan

I don't have any children, but if there's one thing I've noticed about social media, it's that people really, really like to judge a mother. Not fathers, obviously. Just mothers. No celebrity or influencer is safe from people chipping into their Instagram comments to tell them they're holding their baby wrong or shouldn't be giving their toddler cereal or that their house is insufficiently childproof, and Facebook is full of people moaning that some woman on the bus was looking at her phone instead of chatting to her child. As the great Stacey Solomon would say: HAVE A DAY OFF, SUSAN. Jessamine Chan's novel The School For Good Mothers takes the incessant judgement of mothers to the next level and combines it with increasingly right-wing attitudes to women and their bodies in America to create a present-day dystopian tale that chilled me, even as a non-parent, to the bone.  Frida Liu is a Chinese-American woman living in Philadelphia with her toddler Harriet

Latest posts

The Trees by Percival Everett

The Green Man of Eshwood Hall by Jacob Kerr

Babel by R F Kuang

My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M Danforth

The Twist Of A Knife by Anthony Horowitz

An Island by Karen Jennings

Widowland by CJ Carey

The Last House On Needless Street by Catriona Ward

The Melting by Lize Spit