Troubador The Inportance of Being Maddison

Released: 28/08/2018

ISBN: 9781789010077

eISBN: 9781789011586

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Inportance of Being Maddison


An accurate, hilarious and deftly drawn portrait of “normal” family life seen through the eyes of a seven year old narrator, who means well but in whose steps disaster inevitably follows…


Meet the McLarens: There’s Maddie, our narrator, the 7 year old ‘pocket rocket’ with no ‘off’ switch. Liz, her permanently exhausted mum, who seems to spend her life in a state of permanent mortification or profound apology for her daughter. Dad, Joe, with his ‘Northern banter’ and inability to suffer fools lightly; big sister, Rachel, who at 21 sees her little sister as both a source of shocked amusement and an audacious personality to be secretly envied. And lastly big brother, Robbie, who at a hormonal nineteen years of age has a love-hate relationship with his frustrating little sister who frequently proves herself to be the bane of his life!


With an absorbing narrative and spiked with adult humour throughout, we follow Maddie’s quest to get an Xbox for Christmas, as promised, but on one condition - she must stay out of trouble for one whole year. Unfortunately Maddison being Maddison has difficulty staying out of trouble for one whole day! As frustrating as she is endearing, Maddison will leave you either cheering her on in the aisles - or simply wanting to throttle her!


Both parents and readers who delight in observational comedies will enjoy this cleverly written and heart-warming story about a very ordinary family who find themselves dealing with a gamut of crazy, embarrassing and frustrating situations thanks to their seven-year-old.

Madhouse Family Reviews

That's Books

This was a fun, heart warming read.
Very funny and charming with a lovable narrator. Loved the idea of having a 7 year old narrate this story

by Sara Chaouki

This charming and funny novel is narrated by a 7 year old, which I loved! I found this unique perspective to be interesting, as children see things differently than adults, no matter how mature they are. This was a great read!

by Cristie Underwood

This is hilarious, the best laugh out loud novel ever written . Can not wait for the next one. Simply brilliant.

by David Whittington

Absolutely hilarious, constant belly laughing to yourself. Would recommend to anyone casual or avid readers alike!

by Michael

One of, if not the funniest book I've ever read. It's so well observed. As a parent I can totally relate to the embarrassing, albeit innocent things children say/do and if anything this book highlights just how easy it is for a child to misinterpret and misconstrue what adults say. I find Maddison totally endearing. I read the book cover to cover and cried laughing. This author has a true gift and I cannot wait for the next instalment. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, it's just BRILLIANT!

by Georgina Eden

Brilliant Has me in stitches Can’t wait for the next book Helen. Well done x x x


I enjoyed this book, the story itself is entertaining, funny and Maddison's attempts to be good so she can obtain her longed for Christmas gift kept me going until the end of the book. In one respect however, it is quite a challenging read as it is written from the perspective of a small child who spells phonically, mispronounces many words and also has a lisp. This meant I had to re-read sentences or paragraphs to check my understanding and I can appreciate that some readers might find this a little off-putting. If you can cope with that, then the story of Maddison and her family is endearing, humorous and satisfying. Thank you to NetGalley & the publishers for allowing me to read and advance copy of the book.

by Mandy McCay

This was a fun, light hearted read. It follows a year in the life of the larger-than-life Maddison, a 7 year old with a big knack for getting into scrapes. She is also the narrator so we see everything from her perspective, including her misinterpretations of words and situations. I found it genuinely amusing and really enjoyed it. The rest of the family were quite entertaining too, especially her parents and their attempts to deal with the chaos Maddison brings.

by Sally Aquire

A beautiful book. Filled with belly hugging humour and the sort of outrageous situations only an irrepressible seven year old could find (or a witty and persistent author). I felt for the family having to put up with Maddison and equally for Maddison having to put up with her family, but in the mixture of the two some very funny and memorable moments have been created - and the family bond is never lost. Strained, fractured, pulled to the extremes, but never lost. I highly recommend this book. 5 stars.

by Mr T

Maddie lives with her mum, dad and stoner big brother Robbie. The best way to describe her is a seven-year-old force of nature. Trouble seems magnetically drawn to her, usually with disastrous but always funny results.

If I could give this more than five stars I definitely would. Whilst Maddie doesn't bear any resemblance to any seven year old I know (and I have one of those at home) she is an hilarious creation. I have never laughed out loud at a book as much as this one. The mix ups, misunderstandings and disasters never stop coming. I'm really hoping for a sequel!

by Patricia

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