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Best and Worst Fictional Mothers

Ask any mother – it’s the best and worst job in the world! I mean let's face it, mothers need to be loving, smart, creative, a great cook, all while being an inspirational parent and loving wife. Motherhood, its hard work all right!

When we looked at famous fictional mothers for our May booklist we found many in the world’s best Mum category although there are certainly some fictional mothers that left us wanting…

Some of the worst…

Eva Khatchadourian, We need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

At first we feel sorry for this busy mother whose son turns out to be a psychopath. But then…what role do our mothers have to play in the development of their children’s personalities? And what (if any) responsibility should they take for their offspring's actions?

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Charlotte Haze in Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Charlotte Haze (mother of Dolores, aka Lolita), allows paedophile widower Humbert Humbert to board with her and ‘Lol’. Finding him attractive, she subsequently pursues him all the while he's ;usting after her daughter.

She is so jealous of Dolores that she sends her first away to summer camp and then threatens boarding school.

But Humbert has other plans to be rid of the cumbersome Charlotte...

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Cersei Lannister in Game of Throne by George R. R. Martin

Definitely in the running for the worst mother in literary history, Queen Cersei Lannister is a real rotter.

Probably her worst crime is keeping the real identity of her childrens' father a secret, (because it’s her brother). Her unerring ambition, and lust for power leads her to stop at nothing to get what she wants, even if it means putting her children in harm’s way.

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Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Having five daughters can’t be easy, but desperate to find them husbands, Mrs Bennet’s efforts do more to harm their chances than help them. Silly, emotional and irrational, she cares more about the security of her daughter’s futures than their happiness.

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Some of the best…

Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

The antithesis of Cersei Lannister, Catelyn will do anything to protect her children, she even rises form the dead to try and save them…

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Ma in Room Emma Donoghue

Jack is turning five and has lived with his ‘Ma’ within, ‘room’ for his entire life, trapped there by ‘Old Nick’, the only one with the code to the door. But thanks to the resourcefulness, imagination and unconditional love for his ‘Ma’, his life is rich and full.

But Ma is determined to gain freedom for herself and Jack and by stealth and perseverance she may just succeed…

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Emma Hunt in House Rules by Jodi Picoult

If you won’t believe your child, who will? Being the mother of a child with Asperger’s syndrome is tough enough, but when Emma’s son Jacob is accused of murder she knows if she doesn't fight for her son'e innocence, no-one else will.

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Jess in The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Left holding the baby is putting it mildly for the heroine of the One Plus One, Jess. Her husband has abandoned her with his moody teenage son and their daughter who is a maths prodigy. Jess desperately wants the best for her kids but is struggling on her meagre cleaning lady income. But when a knight in shining armour agrees to drive her (her family and smelly dog) across the country to a maths quiz, she starts to believe her luck be changing.

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Mrs Woods (Alexs’ Mum) in The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

Straight-talking, a little bit quirky, soft and lovable Mrs Woods is a solo Mum who would do anything for her son but isn’t blind to his faults.

Alex's, (the son), whose claim to fame (so far) is that he was hit in the head by a meteor and quite rightly shouldn’t be alive, has a panic attack and destroys the glasshouse of an elderly man. His mother ensures he makes amends by making him visit the curmudgeonly 'Mr Peterson', doing odd jobs for him. The pair strike an unlikely friendship which leads to Alex making the biggest decision of his life.

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