Will the new School Gates mini-genre be 2013’s answer to Fifty Shades? by Nicola May

Today’s guest blog is from author Nicola May, whose new novel is one mums everywhere are bound to love. Team Netmums took a copy away to read on the beach this summer and couldn’t put it down. We have five copies of ‘The School Gates’ to giveaway too. Scroll down to find out how to get your hands on a copy of this summer’s must-read.


Will the new School Gates mini-genre be 2013’s answer to Fifty Shades? by Nicola May

The idea of my fourth novel, The School Gates came to me whilst dropping and collecting Nicola Maymy nieces from school.

I noticed all the different sorts of mums. The glam ones, the hair tied back and track-suited ones. The ones in huddles. The loners. The do gooders! I often wondered behind the smiles and waves, tittle tattle and toddlers, what actually was going on behind their closed doors.

The idea bubbled in my head for quite a while. I read articles in the national press about bitching at the school gates. But, it wasn’t until I was at home recovering from a hysterectomy (sadly after much heartache, I wasn’t blessed with children) that The School Gates was born. It was refreshing to turn such a negative into a positive and it took me little more than six weeks to complete the first draft.

I was completely over the moon to win an award for this novel at the Festival of Romance and subsequently reach various bestseller charts with numerous 5 Star reviews. It even made Woman Magazine’s Hot Read of the Week. One review stated how well I characterised the children in the story, which brought a tear to my eye as was worried this was one thing I may not get 100% accurate.

The School GatesI was also delighted to get a mention in The Independent recently to say that it was me who has kick-started a mini-genre of books around this topic. I obviously hope this will be a new phenomenon, especially as I am currently writing the sequel to The School Gates!

Synopsis of The School Gates below:

At 3.10pm every weekday, parents gather at Featherstone Primary in Denbury to collect their children.

For a special few, the friendships forged at the school gates will see them through lives filled with drama, secrets and sorrows. When Yummy Mummy Alana reveals the identity of her love-child’s father, she doesn’t expect the consequences to be quite so extreme. Ex Czech au-pair Earth Mummy Dana finds happiness in her secret sideline, but really all she longs for is another child. Slummy Mummy Mo’s wife-beating husband leads her down a path she never thought possible, and Supper Mummy Joan has to cope when life deals her a devastating blow.  And what of Gay Daddy Gordon? Will he be able to juggle parenthood and cope with his broken heart at the same time?

Four very different mothers. One adorable dad. And the intertwining trials and tribulations that a year at the primary school gates brings

Available on Kindle at just £1.53 http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-School-Gates-ebook/dp/B009583W2G

Nicola May is the author of Working it Out, Star Fish, Better Together, The School Gates and The Bow Club. For more information about Nicola and her writing please go to http://www.nicolamay.com


We have five copies of the fab new novel The School Gates to give away. Simply leave a The School Gatescomment on this blog post and from all comments received by midnight on 31st August we will pick out 5 lucky winners. Usual Netmums terms and conditions apply.

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58 Responses to Will the new School Gates mini-genre be 2013’s answer to Fifty Shades? by Nicola May

  1. Cemay Ilgu says:

    I love the idea of a book about the school children and mums; I’m currently reading The Hive which is about PTAs and it’s also very interesting! Well done Nicola, I’m sure you’re a fantastic auntie, your nieces are very lucky to have such a loving and involved auntie.

  2. Kelly Helm says:

    Wow sounds like a good read, should be interesting as I will be one of the mother’s standing by the gates this year! Hope to win a copy

  3. Emma Miller says:

    A wonderful idea for a book! Haven’t read any by this author but recently I keep hearing good comments about her so she will be going on my TBR list!

  4. Laura Arthur says:

    Being a second time mummy to my gorgeous 3 day old son and having a 2 1/2 year old daughter this book sounds fab obviously I’ve not hit the school gates yet but my daughter has started play school and the selection of mums is already there!

  5. Jodie McNally says:

    Sounds brill! Being a working mum I miss out on a lot of the school gate drama…but boy, have I heard some stories!

  6. Jenni Dunlop says:

    Sounds like a really good read! I wonder which type I am?

  7. Vicki Bailey says:

    Sounds like my kind of read, cant wait to get my claws into it

  8. Diane says:

    Looks like a good read! Would love to read a copy!

  9. Dip says:

    Great idea for a book, can’t to wait to read this

  10. Mhairiann says:

    Can’t wait to read!! Is this available in hardback? 🙂

  11. Lesley crane says:

    Having already been at school gates for many years as a parent and childminder , I now work in a school …..so funny listening to some of the parents antics , slightly older version of their children’s. Really can’t wait to pick up a copy and loose myself in it for a few days . Thanks for making such interesting reading .

  12. Pamela McMahon says:

    Playground politics and school gate politics, the bane of a parents life….you need thick skin and an optimistic attitude. Parents ignore you and you have no idea why….probably the kids disagreed for 5 mins and the parent has you marked out as public enemy number one….we all move on….eventually! Should be fun to read about someone else’s experiences.

  13. em says:

    I love reading and this sounds like my ideal type of book (English lit grad here…) please please consider me! thanks

  14. This sounds like a great read, would love to win a copy! 🙂

  15. Samantha says:

    Sounds like a good fun read! Would love to take a look! 🙂

  16. I would love to win a copy of this! As a teacher I feel it would be brilliant to find out what really happens at the school gates!

  17. Tammi says:

    definitely going on my TBR list! sounds fab!

  18. Nicola says:

    Looks good

  19. Jeanette says:

    Sounds interesting, just about to start the whole school thing ourselves so should be a good read!

  20. Alice says:

    Oh my! The school gates! I am betting there is plenty in this novel for us mum’s and dad’s to identify with…looking forward to reading this one 🙂

  21. Emmaline Higgs says:

    This looks like a good read. You think fitting in on the playground ends when you leave school but in reality its only just beginning. I find the school gates like navigating your way through various tribes!

  22. Kerry Hutton says:

    My son is starting school in September and I am dreading the school gate!! I need an insight! xx

  23. Jo-anne says:

    I love reading and this sounds like areally good book.

  24. Laura says:

    Oh gosh! My little one is about to start school so I’ve got no idea what it’s going to be like waiting at the school gates. This would be a fun book to read at the same time as I begin to experience the ‘School gates world’! :0)

  25. Opal says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book. I haven’t done the dreaded school run yet so this looks like a good place to start!

  26. Sally says:

    As a clown and entertainer I often am at school gates in costume which makes for some interesting times.

  27. Clare Grant says:

    I have been doing the school run forever (it feels like it anyway!) due to having a teen and then younger ones, it has always fascinated me the ‘Playground Politics!’ Great idea for a book, would love to win a copy!

  28. jackie gemmell says:

    i would love to win a copy of this book im sure we all be comparing the characters to the school mums at our school gates fingers crossed x

  29. Rebecca J says:

    Would like to read this!

  30. nic says:

    Wondering which of these mums I’ll be when my daughter starts school in Sept! Sounds like a great book – have got my fingers crossed for winning a copy

  31. Jo says:

    I read this book – and loved it, it’s a very good representation of life at the school gates, if you don’t win a copy buy it! x

  32. sharon dickson says:

    This sounds like a great book to read to get me clued up to meet the yummy mummy’s at the school gates.

  33. Lorna Craig says:

    I hated the school gates as I always felt left out because I’m so shy but I’d love to read this!

  34. Live Milligan says:

    Sounds like a great book. Fingers crossed:)

  35. Lisa Hibbard says:

    Sounds like an interesting and fun read,can’t wait

  36. Nikki Wilkinson says:

    I love the front cover. I wish I looked like the mummy on there when I take my kids to school. Unfortunately I’m lucky if I have time to brush my hair before the school run! Looks a fab book. Great idea.

  37. Hazel Crane says:

    A brilliant book which all will be able to relate to. Would love to read.

  38. Sounds great. (From a mum of 4 who has had more than her fair share of school gate traumas!)

  39. K B says:

    Sounds like a great read!x

  40. MANDY DOHERTY says:

    would love to read this, sometimes miss the ‘school gates’!!

  41. Natalie says:

    I will be joining the school gates crowd next year, a bit scary! your book sounds great

  42. Would love to read this book – it sounds great!!

  43. Emma Hickman says:

    I can’t wait to read this book hopefully I am lucky enough to win a copy and if not I will buy on Amazon:) I love being at the school gates as there are so many different mums with different lives I am always chatting away to the mums and will be chatting to them about this book as I just love reading and will be another things to talk about while waiting for my son:)

  44. Would love to read this book!

  45. Anon says:

    Looking forward to reading this book. I work full time so miss any school gate drama! Always interesting though when I do do the pick ups. Very clear divisions as listed above…..sounds like a great read 😀

  46. Really like the sound of this book,wonder how many characters will remind me of my “school gates”

  47. Sarah says:

    A perfect book to loose myself in when my little girl starts school in September, take my mind off of worrying if she’s making friends, being good, eating her lunch etc. Well done!

  48. Tracey Edmonds says:

    I like the way the mums all have to pretend to be perfect mums its nice to know there ares ome with flaws. Yet how does she avoid the social service involvement etc with the wife beating husband and I wander if she stes into all the affects it has on the children etc.. Tis could be worth a triology as the children grow up !!!

  49. Tatiana says:

    As a mom at the school gates, would love to read it!

  50. Stephanie says:

    Needs a new good read and this sounds like a great alternative to so many of the usual books! From a soon to be school gate mummy!

  51. This has intrigued me, I will be a ‘mum at the school gate’ in september this year and therefore will join this ‘group’ …. I am wondering which category i will fall into…..one thing I do know is it will NOT be the glam mum LOL
    look forward to reading this:)

  52. Rachel says:

    Sounds a great read, I’ve been stood at the school gates for years now. Looking forward to reading this perhaps whilst waiting for kids to come out of school!!

  53. Rachael Ross says:

    Sounds like my kinda book! Having already hit the school gates, im no stranger to the kind of characters that congregate there. I also aware of the ‘up and down’ looks that i get from the way I dress (I don’t consider myself a glam mum, but I do like to make an effort) – though they always smile at my face I always have a little to chuckle to myself when I over hear some of their conversations about me 🙂

  54. catherinegarland says:

    Eeek. This will be me next September. Better get well-versed in the “types” of mum and know what to watch for!

  55. marie deleslie says:

    Great idea for a book, I often wonder myself when I’m waiting for my daughter to come.Would love to read this book

  56. Louise says:

    Some of the mums I met at the school gate all those years ago have become my closest friends. We’ve often joked that our lives would make a very interesting and ‘colourful’ story if we wrote a book so I love the idea of this novel. I look forward to reading it to see if there are any similarities!!! My youngest daughter is going into year 6 so this will be my last year ‘at the school gates’, a time I will miss very much.

  57. Charlotte Perry says:

    First week of the school gates just completed sounds like a fab book

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