Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 14/02/2023
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I loved it!
I finished reading Maame a few days ago and it instantly became one of my favourite books! It's sort of a coming-of-age story but the protagonist is a la... READ MORE
Dominika at Waterstones West End
A wonderful and touching book
Maame is the story of Maddie, a 25 year old British-born Ghanaian woman who is muddling through life working at a theatre whilst moonlighting as a carer fo... READ MORE
Tilly at Croydon
Bittersweet but beautiful
Due to having a heroine I instantly wanted to befriend, this novel could be tough to read. I experienced her highs and many lows right alongside her, but l... READ MORE
Sophie at Windsor
Prepare to fall in love with Maddie!
What a wonderful debut from Jessica George, a story about a young woman who starts to find her own identity after years of caring for her much loved father... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
A touching yet relatable debut
Maame is a story about navigating relationships and how difficult this can be, especially whilst trying to live up to cultural expectations and familial ob... READ MORE
A vibrant coming of age novel
This is an assured debut novel by Jessica George. Maddie is in her mid twenties. She cares for her Parkinson’s disabled father while her mother and brot... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Remarkable Debut full of heart
I cannot believe the strength of these novel for a debut - Jessica George has triumphed in writing an incredible story full of soul, wit, humour, and heart... READ MORE
Beatrice Hughes
Irresistibly Charming
With echoes of Michaela Cole’s ‘Chewing Gum’ and shades of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, this deeply felt and winningly funny late-coming-of-age tale lulls you ... READ MORE
Steve at Trafalgar Square
Best book of the year!
I loved this. I sat down to read it and didn’t get up till I finished it. Fortunately it was a Sunday! Maddie (or Maame, as she is known to her mother) ... READ MORE
Fiona Ellwood at Leicester Highcross


Maame (ma-meh) has many meanings in Twi, but in my case, it means woman.

Meet Maddie. All her life, she's been told who she is. To her Ghanaian parents, she's Maame: the one who takes care of the family. Her mum's stand-in. The primary carer for her father, who suffers from Parkinson's. She's the responsible sister, the quiet friend. The one who keeps the peace - and the secrets.

It's time for her to speak up.

Maddie knows what kind of woman she wants to be. One who wears a bright yellow suit, dates men who definitely aren't on her mum's list of prospective husbands, and stands up to her boss's microaggressions. Someone who doesn't have to google all her life choices. Who demands a seat at the table. But will it take losing everything to find her voice?

Unique, unfiltered and unforgettable, Maame is a deeply moving, achingly funny debut about finally finding where you belong.

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781529395570
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 620g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 164 x 38 mm

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A fantastic debut…
If you are going to fall in love with a character in 2023 let it be Maame. We follow Maddie’s journey which is full of tenderness, humour and pure heart-b... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
Enchanting debut
An enchanting debut, and can already tell this will be a read of 2023. Maddie's life is complicated- she googles nearly everything and has many life chang... READ MORE
Emma Hardy
Maame by Jessica George I was fortunate enough to get an arc for the book for an unbiased review. I'm not even sure how or where to start this review oth... READ MORE
An emotional read
In Maame, we follow the journey of Maddie who at 25, is the loyal daughter who lives at home caring for her father whilst her mother and brother are in Gh... READ MORE
Sarah -Bookworm Extraordinaire
Brilliant read!
Maame written by Jessica George 5 ⭐️ rhis book is available on 7th February 2023
Kristina Kalmikova
Fantastic debut!
A phenomenal debut by Jessica George, detailing the life of Maddie, a British-born Ghanaian woman left to care for her father, who has Parkinson's, while h... READ MORE
Fabulous Debut!
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy, when it arrived, I wasn't sure if was my type of read? So, it has sat neglected for a few months - ... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
A stunning debut!
I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for a review, thank's to Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton. Maame is a coming of age... READ MORE
Charlie D. Ocean
This book made me feel all the emotions. I wanted to laugh, cry, scream and hug my friends and loved ones. It's sort of a coming-of-age story, but more r... READ MORE
Dominika at Waterstones West End
Wonderfully written
I cried. I laughed. I even felt guilty that I didn't have to go through what she did. Wonderfully written and what a debut novel from Jessica George! Sad t... READ MORE
Jacquelyn Karp
Thought provoking
I am going to find this book quite difficult to review without giving any spoilers. We first meet Maddie at 25 when she is living at home helping to care f... READ MORE
Karen Farrow
Moving and relatable
We meet Maddie as a young woman struggling under the weight of micro-aggressions, family burdens and her own expectations of romance. As she embarks on her... READ MORE
Sarah at Croydon
Pleasantly written and a joy to read
Madie, nicknamed Maame, is one of those fictitious book characters that you want to hug, continue to spend time with, and stay in touch with. She’s absolut... READ MORE
CAT Thomas
Some interesting moments
A young woman must juggle her mother’s sky-high expectations with the burden of being her father’s sole caregiver. Along the way she navigates a new job an... READ MORE
Ekta Garg
Beautifully written emotional story
Maame by Jessica George is an intense and emotional look at a young woman's life, neglected by her parents, and yet giving her life to caring for her fathe... READ MORE
Wendy Williams
A story of growth and finding one's voice
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Maame by Jessica George Maame (Maa-may) is a 25 year old British Ghanaian woman, living in London and caring for her dad who has Parkinson's dis... READ MORE
Brilliant debut novel
This is such a brilliant debut novel. The story follows Maddie in this beautiful coming of age story. Maddie is 25 but has put her own life on hold to be t... READ MORE
Amazing debut
Maame has several meanings in Twi but when applied to Maddie it means woman and oh boy, does she have to grow up quickly. She becomes the primary carer for... READ MORE
Celia Short
A super debut novel. A beautiful book.
What a beautiful book. This is the most touching story I’ve read in a long time. Maddie is twenty five, single and still living at home. Originally from Gh... READ MORE
Miss Fairy Ted
A must read debut novel
Maame is an interesting read. The protagonist Maddie is a carer for her father while her mother spends time in Ghana and Britain a year at a a time. She h... READ MORE
Nic. C/ Nickiknackinoo
A joy to read
Maddie feels stuck in life - a job that doesn't fulfil her, and at home looking after her declining father, feeling guilty for even considering moving out,... READ MORE
Rebecca Houghton
Maame is an absolutely gorgeous debut novel and has firmly placed Jessica George on my authors to watch list.
Maame follows Maddie Wright who is the sole carer of her father, she keeps the peace for her family and is struggling to find a career that she loves. Madd... READ MORE
Sydney K
A very special book
One of the first things I heard about Jessica George’s debut, Maame, was that it’s a very special book. And I can wholeheartedly confirm that it is. It’s... READ MORE
Zeynep Kazmaz
Personally, just a bit boring
I have to be really honest. I feel like I missed something with this book. I was so excited to read it, and have seen so many amazing reviews for it. But t... READ MORE
Claudia George
I wish I could give this book to every single person in my life
favourite book of the year so far!!!!!! can’t believe this is a debut novel, it’s so full of love, honesty & life. i recommend it to anyone and everyone, e... READ MORE
Loved this!
Maame centres around twenty something Maddie who lives in London with her Dad who she helps to care for. Her Mam is back and forth from Ghana and her broth... READ MORE
Emily Smith
This book made me laugh and cry
Maame is a very accomplished debut novel, which explores some very important and complex topics such as coming of age, familial relationships, the pressure... READ MORE
Sarah Jeffery
Wonderful coming-of-age novel
Maame is a wonderful coming-of-age novel that really turns the genre on its head. Maddie has been forced to 'grow-up' and take on adult responsibilities to... READ MORE
Ellie Orange
Maame is an earnest, funny and heartfelt late bloomer bildungsroman
Maame is a Jessica George’s debut novel about a young British-Ghanian woman’s search for identity. It’s also about parent-children relationships, familial ... READ MORE
An absolutely amazing read
I absolutely loved reading Maame. What a debut .. Another British-Ghanaian setting and I loved it; totally relatable… Trigger warning towards the latter ch... READ MORE