Troubador Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag

Released: 28/04/2019

ISBN: 9781789017441

eISBN: 9781838598778

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag


A phantom rectum is the least of Aki’s problems; at least it behaves itself in public. No, it’s her stoma that has a mind of it’s own, gurgling and rumbling without any sense of propriety. Standing in the middle of the grocery shop, her trolley half full, her pouch fit to bursting, there’s a slight fug in the air and her fellow shoppers start to take notice. Oh, the humiliation…

Aki had not expected to live life with a colostomy bag. But then, does anyone expect a routine colonoscopy to result in a punctured intestine? To hell with it! It’s not the end of the world and millions of people with colostomy bags live normal lives. As for Aki, given she’s Japanese, this falls front and centre into her psyche for hygiene and cleanliness. The only spanner in the works: she has married an Englishman, seemingly raised by wolves, happy to clean his hands on the inside of his pockets and eat food that has fallen on the floor.

This could get messy!

That's Books

An interesting story, set over a period of 4 months whilst Akins on the road of recovery and about how her little family get through this period. It’s not an extraordinary tale as the author says, just an everyday story going on around the world. It’s a story that needs to be told and needs to be discussed more often. The little strengths people and families have, the ordinary problems and issues they live. This was well written, thought provoking and I really hope lots of people read this.

by Tara

Interesting subject matter and dealt with in a heart warming way, with some gentle humour. Certainly increased my knowledge a little and my sympathy a lot for those in similar circumstances.

by Mandy

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