Funny mummy’s new book

Catherine Briars from Sutton Leach, St Helens, with daughter Betty, three, and baby son Ted
Catherine Briars from Sutton Leach, St Helens, with daughter Betty, three, and baby son Ted

A FUNNY mummy from St Helens is using her blogging success to publish a book about the perils of parenthood.

Catherine Briars, of Sutton Leach, who also goes by the name Cathey, will be launching The Obliterated Nipples of Kate Bee at Cinnamon Club, in Bowden, on October 21.

The book, based on her blog Funny Mummy, tackles the issues of early motherhood, the isolation, embarrassment, tiredness in a humorous but incredibly honest way through the narrative of Kate Bee.

A percentage of sales from the book will go towards pre and postnatal depression charity PANDA.

The 31-year-old, who is mum to four-year-old Betty, and 15-week-old Ted, said: “Although a laugh-out-loud comedy, the general theme of the book alludes to the idea that new mothers need to let people in during those difficult early months. They need to communicate with a support network they trust - family, friends or organisations such as PANDA - who can tell them that parenting IS tough, but reassure them that they are doing okay. The heroine of the book, Kate, becomes lost in her own need to cope, refusing all offers of help from those close to her.

“After I was shortlisted for the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging award in 2012, I picked up a literary agent, Ali Gunn, who passed away last February. Since then I heeded her advice and finished my debut novel and self published. I organised the launch as one of the events in the Women in Comedy Festival, with some special guests invited.”

To follow Cathey’s work, visit www.catherinebriars.com/media-2/