Mum and Boy

Mum and Boy

By Stephen Anthony Brotherton

Format: paperback

(3 customer reviews)

Publication Date: 28 Jun 2024


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Categories: Contemporary

ISBN: 9781835740019
eISBN: 9781835741283


Four individual and complex stories about human development and the psychological nature of the mum and boy relationship. They explore the potential complexity of this connection and show how it can go badly wrong.

A dead boy remembering tragedy from inside his coffin; a boy dealing with the death of his mum, who died by suicide; a teenager who mistakenly kills his father; a teenager dealing with hallucinations. Each compelling story covers a range of topics from mental health, suicide and psychological trauma. All with one thing in common - vulnerable human beings looking for survival. 


Stephen Brotherton grew up in the West Midlands and now lives in Shropshire. A social worker for nearly thirty years, he currently works for the NHS, and is a member of the Bridgnorth Writers’ Group. Mum and Boy is his second short-story collection.


Paul A Mendelson (Guest Review) - 14 Jun, 2024

From the heart-wrenching dedication onwards this incredible book lures you in. I was moved, shocked, heartened and totally absorbed by these uniquely compelling stories. Stephen is an incredible writer and I hope he writes a lot more.

Ninette H (Guest Review) - 18 Jun, 2024

Well Written but Disturbing Stories

All the stories in this book are extremely well put together. The writing is skilled and each story makes a compelling if difficult read. I have given 5 stars even though I did find the subject matter quite difficult to process. The characters lingered in my head for a long time after reading.

Andy Mullaney (Guest Review) - 20 May, 2024

Let’s make no bones about it, this book is deep, very deep. The preface sets the scene, as does the précis on the cover, but nothing really prepares you for the scenarios and details that follow. Personally, I think there should be a stronger warning as this is not a book to read if you are not in a good headspace or are dealing with unresolved conflict from the past.

However, it could be helpful for those who have suffered abuse, experienced childhood trauma, or need to know that they are not alone. It’s a real dilemma.

Stephen’s writing is incredible. It’s graphic, detailed, and through these vignettes, gives the reader insight into the period, the thinking, and what is in the mind of the narrator. I found myself shrinking with embarrassment at times and also deeply troubled by some of the subject matter. It reminded me of an Alan Bennett “Talking Heads” piece, and this may be a route for further development. A series of short plays, perhaps?

As someone of a similar age to the author, I can also relate in some ways to the kid who didn’t quite fit in. I get the cathartic element. Stories of our times.

Can I recommend this? Yes, but with the health warning above and remember that this is a book, not real life as you, the reader, may know it. It’s very much like a meal at a restaurant you’ve never been to before—consume it in one sitting and then reflect on what you’ve just digested. If you can take that analogy, and knowing your world is okay, then I’d suggest it’s a phenomenal work to assess, learn from, and possibly reflect on to help someone who may have faced significant challenges with their mental well-being in their formative years.

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