Just Like Proper Grown-Ups
By Christina Hopkinson
Do growing up and growing old go hand in hand? An entertaining exposé of messy relationships, modern life, and our preoccupation with youth and beauty, from the author of THE PILE OF STUFF AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS.
'You don't really grow up until you either have a kid or one of your parents dies.' Glamorously carefree and nearing forty, Tess shows no sign of settling down. That is, until she drops a bombshell on four of her friends: she's pregnant, and has chosen them as godparents. Yet while they rally round the single mother, each one is struggling to face the realities of adulthood. Sierra may be only twenty-three but her mother is so irresponsible that she's had to grow up fast. Michael is too busy searching for Mrs Right to worry about collecting the essential accessories of spice racks or investment saucepans, while Owen eases the pain of a mid-life identity crisis with a string of unsuitable fiancÃ©es. Only Lucy has the trappings and offspring of a proper grown-up, but is terrified of ageing. On a challenging and hilarious journey through birth, Botox, bad sex and beyond, all five friends must discover that while growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional . . .
Christina Hopkinson is an author and journalist whose work has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Guardian, The Times, Grazia and Red magazine. She lives in London with her husband and three children.
Visit Christina's website, www.christinahopkinson.com, and follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/Xtinahopkinson.
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16 Aug 2012
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Hodder & Stoughton
Praise for THE PILE OF STUFF AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS — :
'Utter genius. The funniest, truest and most insightful book about being a parent I have ever read.' — Lisa Jewell
'The new I Don't Know How She Does It' — Grazia
Encapsulates precisely, but with plenty of humour, the madness of the modern working family — Sarah Vine, The Times
'A bittersweet domestic drama . . . sharply funny . . . occasionally very moving' — Marie Claire
Christina Hopkinson is a talented writer with a gift for observational humour and sharp one-liners — Spectator
'I read it, I really enjoyed it, I left it on the stairs.' — John O'Farrell
This is a fascinating expose of chaotic relationships, the demands of modern life, and societal preoccupation with youth. A fast-paced and entertaining read. — Image