What Not To Expect & My Family
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Two hilarious books on family life by two of the Guardian's best-loved female writers, Zoe Williams and Lucy Mangan.
In What Not To Expect When You're Expecting, Zoe Williams provides a witty, wry and straight-talking corrective to standard parenting tomes that just make you feel guilty with their reams of earnest, finger-wagging advice. Instead, she tackles the big issues facing every parent, such as why abstinence is for suckers, why everyone else's child is cleverer than yours and how best to handle well-meaning 'friends' and parenting experts who constantly proffer tips on what you should (and shouldn't) eat, drink and do.
Lucy Mangan's My Family and Other Disasters is a funny and affectionate look back at her family and childhood, taking in everything from the credit crunch to why organised sport should be abolished. With parents so parsimonious that if they had soup for a meal they would decline an accompanying drink (soup IS a drink), and a grandmother who refused to sit down for 82 years so that she wouldn't wear out the sofa, Lucy spent most of her childhood veering between extreme states of anxiety. Fortunately, this hasn't affected her ability to write and this collection is a must-have for her many legions of fans.
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