BBC Radio 1 DJ and broadcaster Annie Macmanus has announced details of her debut novel, Mother Mother, which is due to arrive in 2021.
Published by Wildfire under the presenter's full name, Mother Mother is due to launch in hardback in May next year and is billed as a “gritty coming of age novel” that tells the story of a young Belfast woman named Mary McConnell.
Annie Mac 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.”
I found the whole process mesmerising
Wildfire senior commissioning editor Ella Gordon said: “We all know Annie as someone who oozes warmth, down to earth authenticity, and the sharpest intuition when it comes to creative expression. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that she’s managed to write a book like Mother Mother, which is so powerful and human, and has such emotional heart that I’ve literally cried at every draft I’ve read. We’re so excited to introduce Annie Macmanus, the author, to the world.”
Radio 1 mainstay Annie Mac launched her Finding Annie podcast in 2019, renaming it Changes With Annie Mac after two series. A winner at Music Week’s Women In Music Awards in 2019, Mac staged her second AMP Conference earlier this year. Mac’s Future Sounds show recently moved to 6-8pm on Radio 1 from Monday to Thursday.
Subscribers can read Music Week’s interview with Annie Mac from earlier this year in full here.