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WIN 1 of 17 copies of The Mothers by Genevieve Gannon, thanks to Allen & Unwin.

What if you gave birth to someone else’s child? A gripping family drama inspired by a real-life case of an IVF laboratory mix-up.

Two couples. One baby. An unimaginable choice.

Grace and Dan Arden are in their forties and have been on the IVF treadmill since the day they got married. Six attempts have yielded no results and with each failure a little piece of their hope dies.

Priya Laghari and her husband Nick Archer are being treated at the same fertility clinic, and while they don’t face the same time pressure as the Ardens, the younger couple have their own problems.

Priya is booked for her next IVF cycle the same day that Grace goes in for her final, last-chance embryo transfer. Two weeks later, both women get their results.

A year on, angry and heartbroken, one of the women learns her embryo was implanted in the other’s uterus and must make a devastating choice: live a childless life knowing her son is being raised by strangers or seek custody of a baby who has been nurtured and loved by another couple.


The Mothers beautifully captures the desperation for a baby and the emotional roller-coaster of IVF … In the style of Jodi Picoult, it’s impossible to choose sides. These characters and their heart-wrenching dilemma will follow you off the page and have you asking what would you do? An intriguing, thought-provoking novel.’ – Petronella McGovern, bestselling author of Six Minutes


‘Engagingly and unflinchingly told, Gannon’s new novel, The Mothers, is the story of every parent’s worst nightmare. It is that novel that makes you muse on the most difficult of questions … What makes a mother? And can you ever un-become one? Like all my favourite books, The Mothers is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, and it leaves you with a lot to think about after you turn the final page. I sobbed my way through this wonderful book.’ – Sally Hepworth, bestselling author of The Mother-in-Law


To find out more about this great read, go to www.allenandunwin.com

Please note this competition is open from 5th January 2020 until 31st January 2020 and is only available to members of Mouths Of Mums. This competition is a game of skill – answer in 50 words or less. We are unable to accept entries posted via facebook. Facebook LIKE functionality is not a requirement of entry to this competition. The winners of this competition will be published on this page. Winners’ name and address will be provided to the promoter of this competition and prizes will be sent to the address you have in Your Profile. Please ensure your details are up to date so that you receive your prize.

  • Sounds really interesting and such a dilemma. Drama but with babies at stake. I think this would be perfect to gift to my sister-in-law who is having intestine surgery in the next week and will be laid up for weeks afterwards. I know she’d love it too.

  • I read everything and anything but am always looking for my next great read and this is it

  • My favourite way to relax is by reading. Even if my daughter only sleeps for half an hour reading is the best down time.

  • Oh wow this book definitely seems heartbreaking and gut wrenching. I would love to read about the struggles of IVF as I have never experienced IVF. This book also seems intense with the embryo mix up and I would like to see decisions and outcome prevails.

  • I am a sponge when it comes to books. I love to read them and am quite a voracious reader, all genres, nothing gets left out

  • I love stories. Especially stories that make you feel deeply. The plot of The Mothers sounds absolutely heartwretching.

  • With 4 kids, I find losing myself in a book to be my downtime/“me time”

  • I’ve been mothering for nearly 20 years and over 5 kids, this sounds like the type of book that will keep me up late, reading until the early hours with tears and heart ache a-plenty.

  • Wow what a gripping story. We went through ivf so couldn’t imagine the anguish either would feel knowing this.

  • because I am a BIG book nerd and I love reading anything and everything

  • It’s always nice to read real accounts of women saying it how it is and keeping it as real as possible, especially in this day and age with so much judgement.

  • I can relate to this story, the heartache that comes with every ivf fail. Luckily for us we have 2 beautiful little boys & I would love to win a nice book to read on our upcoming family camping trip. Some much eanrt mummy rest time!!

  • As a prem birth contact for the MBSA I deal with families who have experienced all sorts of journeys to get the babies that they have, so I love learning and hearing about all stories and experiences.

  • im 7 weeks pregnant and have had no energy for 7 weeks, so i have re read most of my book shelf.. would love a new book to read and add to my collection

  • Always been intrested in birth, Ivf and baby stories. This one, by just reading a short amount has me nearly in tears already. Would love to read the full version. Thank you

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