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Hurrah for Gin

A book for perfectly imperfect parents

By Katie Kirby

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  • £12.99

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.

The perfect gift for Mother's Day, 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
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