Parents and Teachers by Sara Madderson

Thank you to Sara Madderson for a copy of her book so that I could prepare for the Random Things Tours blog tour organised by the lovely Anne Cater. My thoughts are my own and not influenced by the gift.


At two of London’s most exclusive prep schools, there are strict rules against parents fraternising with teachers. Well, that’s the theory, in any case.

Jenna, a Year 3 teacher at St Cuthbert’s, catches the eye of the school’s highest-profile parent, a world-famous action movie star, with far-reaching consequences. Meanwhile, over at Chiltern House, Astrid is still licking her wounds after her husband left her. Her daughter’s PE teacher, Callum, may be her best chance of rediscovering her joie de vivre.

Astrid’s friend Natalia, whose life revolves around motherhood these days, finds herself questioning everything she’s taken for granted when her husband becomes embroiled in a #MeToo scandal.

Really, the only ones behaving themselves are the kids … 

  • Paperback : 294 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1916353045
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1916353046
  • Product Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.88 x 20.32 cm
  • Publisher : Madderson (19 Sept. 2020)


My thoughts:

I’ve worked in schools, from nursery through to sixth form, so when I saw the synopsis for this book, I was keen to read it.

As the byline states, the children are the only ones behaving at the two exclusive prep schools. Despite being told at the beginning of the year, that the staff and parents should not have any relationships other than the traditional parent-teacher relationship, not everyone was listening.

In places this story was like a modern day version of a Jilly Cooper novel, full of passionate people and glamourous lives. However, in 2020, some of the relationships are recognised to be inappropriate with older men taking advantage of young women or trying to. Initially I thought Jenna was being naive to get involved with a married man and father of a child in her class, but afterwards thought it was more a case of a #MeToo issue, with a young woman being taken advantage of by the older rich man.

Overall, I enjoyed the fast paced, often humorous and fabulously glamorous story, and could imagine this being made into a TV drama full of very attractive people. I wonder who would play Callum, the hot PE teacher…?

Author Bio:

Sara Madderson is an author, entrepreneur, wife and mother. She was born in Ireland and moved to the UK with her family when she was ten years old. She lives in London with her husband Chris, their two children, Paddy and Tilly, and their cocker spaniel Charlie.

Before turning to writing, Sara worked in finance for a decade and then ran her own fashion brand, Madderson London, for eight years. She earned her MPhil in Early Modern History from the University of Birmingham.

Metamorphosis is Sara’s first book. Given that she spent most of her childhood writing and designing clothes, she’s now seen both of her childhood career dreams come true! She’s enjoyed the adventure of publishing independently as much as she’s enjoyed the writing process itself. She’s now completely hooked on writing!

Twitter @saramadderson


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.


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