My Mother Next Door

My Mother Next Door offers a fresh take on motherly abandonment (albeit next door). In her memoir, Diane Danvers Simmons navigates the universal conundrums of the mother and daughter relationship and navigating her unblended family from painful to joyous all with a sense of British wit and tongue-in-cheek comedy.

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Diane Danvers Simmons

Diane Danvers Simmons is a born-and-raised Brit who moved to America in her late twenties for business and success. After an accomplished career as a senior VP at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising and then Omnicom Media in London, New York, and LA, she became a mother. Drawing from her advertising and marketing skills and life experiences, Diane transitioned her skills into female- empowerment activism through speaking engagements, workshops, writing (published online articles), film, and mentorship in the USA and globally. Embarking on a personal journey to write My Mother Next Door, she was further inspired to create and host a new podcast series with her millennial daughter called Mothers and Daughters Unfiltered.

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A week after my sixteenth birthday, my sixty-one-year old Irish-Catholic mother cornered me in the kitchen to announce that she was leaving my seventy-seven-year old father to move directly next door to live with three hot college lads. In her own endearing words, I was “big and ugly enough” to take care of him, the dog and myself.

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No one can accuse Diane Danvers Simmons of telling a familiar story in this is an utterly unique situation, as she draws her readers into a time and place when London was blowing up all over the place in the late 1970’s, literally, between IRA bombings, Disco fever, platform shoes, women’s liberation and her mother.

My Mother Next Door is much more than just a family tale, as it portrays a brilliant sense of time, history, and politics, with continuity into the modern age. Through British humor, self -deprecation and candor with poignant, irreverent observations about her totally unapologetic mother (who she describes “more like medusa on a cocaine binge” than Mother Mary, when enraged), Diane subtly weaves the anecdotal life lessons she learned growing up.

Ultimately, My Mother Next Door offers a fresh take on motherly abandonment (albeit next door) as it does not shy away from the darker painful memories, the universal conundrums of the mother and daughter relationship, and how Danvers Simmons navigates her totally unblended family in the process.

In the end, Diane Danvers Simmons frames her life and that of her mothers as a tale of empowerment, the beauty of the indomitable human spirit, and the freedom in finding laughter, curiosity, compassion and forgiveness in the absurdity of life.

No one can accuse Diane Danvers Simmons of telling a familiar story...

...in this utterly unique situation, as she draws her readers into a time and place when London was blowing up all over the place in the late 1970’s, literally, between IRA bombings, Disco fever, platform shoes, women’s liberation and her mother.

My Mother Next Door is much more than just a family tale, as it portrays a brilliant sense of time, history, and politics, with continuity into the modern age. Through British humor, self -deprecation and candor with poignant, irreverent observations about her totally unapologetic mother (who she describes “more like medusa on a cocaine binge” than Mother Mary, when enraged), Diane subtly weaves the anecdotal life lessons she learned growing up.

Ultimately, My Mother Next Door offers a fresh take on motherly abandonment...

...as it does not shy away from the darker painful memories, the universal conundrums of the mother and daughter relationship, and how Danvers Simmons navigates her totally unblended family in the process.

In the end, Diane Danvers Simmons frames her life and that of her mothers as a tale of empowerment, the beauty of the indomitable human spirit, and the freedom in finding laughter, curiosity, compassion and forgiveness in the absurdity of life.

Praise for My Mother Next Door

Diane’s, experiences and relationship with her mother touched all of my emotions, from love and happiness, to hate and sorrow. The strength, understanding, empathy, and compassion you ultimately gained from your traumatic experiences with your mother, along with your ability to forgive her, are life’s greatest goals. My Mother Next Door has inspired me to use my own 60-year-old lens to reflect back upon my own life to help me better understand the experiences that shaped the woman I am today. Your beautiful and heartfelt book has life lessons for all of us, and I plan to share it with my mother, my daughter, and all of my girlfriends. 

shelley ZALIS
Founder & CEO - The Female Quotient, Forbes magazine columnist, Co- founder of #SeeHer

This is a unique  and compelling story of mother loss, grief and healing. Diane offers us a beautiful model of how to live with the contradictory feelings of loss and longing in order to find the gift of acceptance for our imperfect mothers. Read this book and soak in the gift of personal growth that forgiveness brings.

JUDITH RUSKAY RABINOR, PHD
Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Author of "The Girl in the Red Boots" and "A Starving Madness”

A bright, lively account, leavened with humor and wit that take the edges off a unique story of loss, confusion and reconciliation with one’s circumstances and the mother who brought it all about. Ms. Simmons writes with flair, with insight, and with a generous heart. A delightful book worthy of a deep read.

greg fields
author of Arc of the Comet and Through the Waters and the Wild

Diane has captured the delightful soul of her younger self to spin a wonderful and gripping tale of the tug-of-war between family love and family struggle… a must read!

Ashleigh Banfield
Anchor of “BANFIELD” on Newsnation

Readers will appreciate this beautiful and honest story of the complexities in a mother/daughter relationship. Simmons reminds us, as daughters, we are deeply connected to our mothers, and how this impacts our own parenting.

dara kurtz
author of I am My Mother’s Daughter: Wisdom on Life, Loss, and Love

This book really touches the heart with a bit of much needed humor. A must read for mothers and daughters.

adrienne arieff
Author, Co-founder of Project Mentor
Diane’s, experiences and relationship with her mother touched all of my emotions, from love and happiness, to hate and sorrow. The strength, understanding, empathy, and compassion you ultimately gained from your traumatic experiences with your mother, along with your ability to forgive her, are life’s greatest goals. My Mother Next Door has inspired me to use my own 60-year-old lens to reflect back upon my own life to help me better understand the experiences that shaped the woman I am today. Your beautiful and heartfelt book has life lessons for all of us, and I plan to share it with my mother, my daughter, and all of my girlfriends.
SHELLEY ZALIS
Founder & CEO - The Female Quotient, Forbes
magazine columnist, Co-Founder of #SeeHer
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SHELLEY ZALIS
Founder & CEO - The Female Quotient, Forbes
magazine columnist, Co-Founder of #SeeHer
"It has cut out the back and forth of sharing insights with sponsors. It's a useful tool for any creator."
SHELLEY ZALIS
Founder & CEO - The Female Quotient, Forbes
magazine columnist, Co-Founder of #SeeHer

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