Meet the Gogartys; cantankerous gran Millie (whose eccentricities include a penchant for petty-theft and reckless driving); ever-exhausted, put-upon stepson Kevin (erstwhile journalist whose stay-at-home parenting is pushing him to the brink); and habitually complicated, unpredictable teenage daughter Aideen.
When Gran’s arrested yet again for shoplifting, Aideen’s rebelliousness has reached new heights and Kevin’s still not found work, he realizes he needs to take action. With the appointment of a home carer for his mother, his daughter sent away to boarding school to focus on her studies and more time for him to reboot his job-hunt, surely everything will work out just fine. But as the story unfolds – in the way of all the best families – nothing goes according to plan. As the calm starts to descend into chaos we’re taken on a hilarious multiple-perspective roller-coaster ride that is as relatable as it is rollicking.
Good Eggs is a heady cocktail of that warmth and wit of Marian Keyes, Caitlin Moran and Derry Girls.
“Good Eggs is a joyous, exuberantly fun-filled novel of second chances. In the Gogartys, Rebecca Hardiman has created a vivid cast of characters whose schemes, adventures and mishaps keep us on the edges of our seats. We can't help but cheer each of them on - especially the exasperating and beguilingly naughty Millie Gogarty - as they untangle the various muddles in which they find themselves. With all their quirks and flaws, this is a family that earns a place in our hearts. An absolute delight from start to finish!” SARAH HAYWOOD
GOOD EGGS is a remarkably clear-eyed and sure-footed debut; pure, unadulterated reading pleasure. Hardiman writes with great warmth, humor, and incisiveness about reinvention and the unique foibles of family.” JONATHAN EVISON
“Bracing, hilarious, warm, this novel is as wayward and mad as the human heart.” JUDY BLUNDELL
“The novel is sheer delight, from the moment we meet the prickly, fabulous Millie Gogarty until her final surprise on the last page. What a pleasure to be immersed in the story of a tangled family who you just KNOW are going to come through in the end. I loved Good Eggs!” AMANDA EYRE WARD