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    • ISBN:9781473639591
    • Publication date:06 Oct 2016
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Hurrah for Gin

A book for perfectly imperfect parents

By Katie Kirby

  • Hardback
  • £16.99

Illustrated by hilarious stick men cartoons, Hurrah for Gin, based on the popular blog and Facebook account, is a book for imperfectly perfect parents about the funny stuff they don't tell you in parenting guides.

This book is not a how-to-guide. It won't tell you how to get your baby to sleep, how to deal with toddler tantrums, how to be a good parent, a cool parent or even a renegade parent. It is a book about parenting that contains absolutely no useful advice whatsoever.

Instead it shares beautifully honest anecdotes and illustrations from the parenting frontline that demonstrate it is perfectly possible to love your children with the whole of your heart whilst finding them incredibly irritating at the same time.

From pregnancy to starting school, Hurrah For Gin takes you through the exciting, frustrating, infuriating and wonderful whirlwind of parenthood, offering solidarity and a friendly hug after a tough day.

Best served with gin.

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  • ISBN: 9781473639607
  • Publication date: 06 Oct 2016
  • Page count: 400
  • Imprint: Coronet
Her account of parenting is as wickedly funny as it is honest and brave, and the amazing stick figure illustrations some how say it all. — Motherland
My new favourite book. — Katie Piper
Enjoying the illustrations and frankness of Katie Kirby — Alex Jones
Mother's brilliant cartoons show the reality of raising children that ALL parents will relate to... [Katie Kirby's] hilarious cartoons depicting the reality of parenting have turned her into something of a hero for frazzled parents. — Daily Mail
Beguiling enough for The New Yorker — Lionel Shriver
Hilarious stick figure cartoons perfectly sum up the reality of motherhood... an amusingly frank account of life with young kids. What sets her apart is her wonderfully simple stick figure drawings which perfectly encapsulate the daily struggles of motherhood - with a large dollop of tongue-in-cheek humour. — The Sun
Wickedly funny... sharply observed. — Mail on Sunday
Sceptre

I Will Be Complete

Glen David Gold
Authors:
Glen David Gold

'I Will Be Complete is the best memoir I've read in years. It's likely the best memoir published in years.' Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life and Chang and EngFrom the bestselling author of Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside, a shocking, big-hearted memoir about his bizarre upbringing in California in the 1970s and how he survived it. Glen David Gold grew up rich on the beaches of 1970s California, until his father lost a fortune and his parents divorced when he was ten.Glen and his English mother moved to San Francisco, where she was fleeced by a series of charming con men and turned increasingly wayward. When he was twelve, she took off for New York without telling him, leaving him to fend for himself. On midnight streets and at drug-fuelled parties, wise-cracking his way through an alarming adult world, Glen watched his mother's countless, wild attempts to reinvent herself. In this exceptional memoir, acclaimed novelist Glen David Gold captures his bizarre, lonely upbringing and how it shaped him as an adult with stunning insight and unsparing candour. Shocking, mordantly funny and achingly affecting, he tells an unforgettable story of the years he spent trying to rescue his mother - and his ultimate realisation that only by breaking free could he ever hope to be complete.'The prose is crystalline, hard as real diamonds, flashing, revealing. The story is simple, just a boy and his mother's long disintegration, but the journey is darkly complicated, heartbreaking, beautiful as hell.' Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama

Coronet

Dadlife

Simon Hooper, Father of Daughters
Authors:
Simon Hooper, Father of Daughters

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Coronet

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Katie Kirby
Authors:
Katie Kirby

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Two Roads

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Susan Calman
Authors:
Susan Calman
Hodder & Stoughton

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Iain Maitland
Authors:
Iain Maitland

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Hodder & Stoughton

The Dark Night of the Shed

Nick Page
Authors:
Nick Page

Men, the midlife crisis, spirituality - and shedsA new bike - running the marathon - splashing out on a sports car - having an affair - taking up triathlon - upping sticks and moving to the country - getting divorced - even going into the church...There's a point in a man's life where he looks around him and asks whether this is really where he wants to be - what he wanted to do with his life. And even if he's achieved all his childhood dreams, maybe that's not enough any more.Nick Page has been there, and he decided to build a shed. Not to answer the question, but so that he'd at least be able to get some peace to think about it properly. Join him on a journey of discovery, into what the midlife crisis really is, and whether there's a better way to go at it than frittering away time and money trying to pretend you're really younger than you are.

Hodder & Stoughton

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Georgina Rodgers
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Georgina Rodgers

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Noël Janis-Norton
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Noël Janis-Norton
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Calgary Avansino
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Calgary Avansino

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Chrissie Manby
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Elin Hilderbrand
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Coronet

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Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman
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Nick Frost
Coronet

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Steph Parker, Dom Parker
Authors:
Steph Parker, Dom Parker

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Hodder & Stoughton

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Belva Plain
Authors:
Belva Plain

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