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  18 September 2016
So It Goes...


"full of beautiful, quirky little touches..."
 
 
  So it goes...
 
 
 
 
  08 August 2016
Independent.ie


"Jo McMillan's bemusing and charming roman a clef... this superbly penned debut."
 
 
  Independent.ie
 
 
 
 
  11 September 2015
Cape Times


“It's a well-structured and written novel with an elegance of the ordinary that makes it stand head and shoulders above most debut works.”
 
 
 
  Cape Times  
 
 
  9 September 2015
The Stacked Shelf


“...a fascinating insight.”
 
 
  The Stacked Shelf  
 
 
  3 September 2015
Girl with her Head in a Book


“...a highly self-assured debut novel shining a light on an aspect of history which feels as though it has been hastily forgotten.”
 
 
  Girl with her Head in a Book  
 
 
  19 August 2015
Peter Hitchens | MailOnline


“...very funny, sometimes desperately embarrassing and sad, always absorbing and moving.”
 
 
  Peter Hitchens  
 
 
  9 August 2015
Latercera | Chile

“Un nuevo libro retrata la nostalgia por la Alemania del Este.”
 
 
  Latercera  
 
 
  4 August 2015
Lit/Rant

“This remarkable autobiographical novel... full of forgiveness and love.”
 
 
  Lit/Rant  
 
 
  August 2015
iQ | Quantas

“McMillan's debut about life on the losing side of history is both melancholic broken dream and humorous adventure.”
 
  IQ Quantas  
 
 
  29 July 2015
Herald Scotland

“...an ambitious coming-of-age novel from debut author Jo McMillan, which is wonderfully written and filled with quirky details and descriptions.”
 
 
  Herald Scotland  
 
 
  July 2015
Stella Duffy

“For those of us who remember how well youthful politics can entangle teenage love, this funny, sweet, sad first novel is both a delight and a glorious journey back to a time and place many of us only recall with a wry shake of the head.”
 
 
 
 
  15 July 2015
Red Magazine

“Funny, smart and packed full of all the melancholy you would expect from a novel that slowly sheds a child’s innocence.”
 
 
  Red Magazine  
 
 
  13 July 2015
Kaggsy's Bookish Ramblings

“Motherland is McMillan’s debut, and it’s an excellent one – highly recommended!”
 
 
  Kaggsy's Bookish Ramblings  
 
 
  10 July 2015
The Daily Mail


"A funny and poignant first novel."
 
 
  The Daily Mail  
 
 
  9 July 2015
We Love This Book


"This assured debut from Jo McMillan was a delight from start to finish."
 
 
  WeLoveThisBook  

8 July 2015
Van is reading


"...beautiful and poignant and heart-breaking and truly eloquent."
 
  VanIsReading  
 
 
  6 July 2015
The Book Bag


"A beautiful story tinged with fun, sadness and insight."
 
 
  The Book Bag  
 
 
  6 July 2015
The Lady


"...warm and witty portrait of offbeat motherdaughter relations."
Motherland is Book Of The Week in The Lady!
 
 
  The Lady  
 
 
  6 July 2015
Emerald Street


"At the heart, and most important are the human relationships and which bonds survive." 
 
 
  emeraldstreet  
 
 
  3 July 2015
A Life In Books


"Motherland: From Tamworth to Berlin with love"
 
 
  A Life In Books  
 
 
  June 2015
Historical Novel Society


"Motherland combines a teenager’s cold-eyed view of adult absurdities and a wistfulness for lost certainties; a compelling blend."
 
 
  Historical Novel Society  

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