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Things I Wish I'd Known (Paperback)

Women tell the truth about motherhood

Victoria Young

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Look at the front cover of any parenting book and what do you see? Glowing mothers-to-be, or pristine, beautifully-behaved children.

But the reality is, your pregnancy might be a sweaty, moody rollercoaster, and your children will almost certainly spend the first few years of their lives covered in food, tears and worse. And the experience is no less magical for it.

In this no-holds-barred collection of essays, prominent women authors, journalists and TV personalities explore the truth about becoming mothers. Covering topics from labour to the breastapo, twins to IVF, weaning to post-birth sex, and with writers including Cathy Kelly, Adele Parks, Kathy Lette and Lucy Porter (and many more), Things I Wish I’d Known is a reassuring, moving and often hilarious collection that will speak to mothers – and mothers-to-be – everywhere.

Victoria Young is a journalist and magazine editor. She started her career in New York where she worked at the New York Times for three years, then returned to London to work at YOU magazine, Red and the Evening Standard. She's written for the Guardian, the Independent, Grazia, Marie Claire and was also script advisor on BAFTA award-winning screenplay Kiss of Life directed by Emily Young. Most recently she was assistant editor of woman&home magazine. Tory lives with her husband and son in London.

Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always genuine.Angels & Urchins
This collection of very funny essays is the essential gift for pregnant friends.Stylist
From labour and IVF to weaning and post-birth sex, each author is brutally honest about their experiences, ensuring you will laugh and cry along with them.Essentials
Like a hilarious series of conversations with your non-judgmental girlfriendsThe Advocate
Honest and refreshing, and it made me feel like I'm not alone as I try to navigate life as a new mumThe Advocate
Step away from the airy-fairy earth mother accounts of the miracle of birth and cackle along with these more realistic recollectionsGrazia
A collection of funny, inspirational and brutally honest accounts of becoming a motherHello!
A very funny, yet moving collection that will resonate with all mumsMade for Mums
Filled to the brim with the type of parenting advice you wish your friends had actually told youPregnancy & Parenting
Witty and honest accounts of motherhoodSainsbury's Magazine
Whether you want to prepare for future motherhood or reminisce fondly, we know just the book for youWoman & Home
A collection of eye-opening, fiesty and moving accounts of motherhood.Daily Express
'Useful, funny and uplifting, this is the quintessential new mummy gift'.Sunday Independent


about this book

ISBN: 9781785780370

Price: 7.99 GBP

Pages: 240

Publication date: 04/02/2016

Category: Business & Self-Help, Lifestyle & Travel

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