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The Wives of Bath by Wendy Holden


A tale of yummy mummies with flat brown tummies...

Four parents-to-be seem ante-natally sorted. Flash Hugo and Amanda have booked a chic private clinic and royal maternity nurse. Right-on Jake and Alice want an all-natural home birth with whale music and tree-hugging nappies. But nothing goes quite to plan.

Amanda finds motherhood less glam than the stars make it look and disappears back to her career. Which leaves Hugo with the child and without a clue what to do. Alice has problems too. Bringing up baby to Jake's eco-fascist standards means home-made organic everything and a recycled cardboard cot. Will nappiness bring happiness to anybody? Not before bedhopping spouses, beastly bosses and bitchy nursery mothers have all done their dreadful worst...


Incredibly funny, yet so real, this book brought back the whole just had a baby thing for me. I found myself constantly nodding in agreement as I read - the horrors of sleep-deprivation, the feeling that everyone else is doing a much better job of parenting than you are, the bright yellow vomit, the dribble and snot - all brought back memories. And let's not forget the cement-like consistency of hardened Weetabix (what the hell is in that stuff??).

If you're a parent you must read It, and it should be on a reading list for people who are thinking of having kids! It's not all Johnson's Baby Powder and cute babygros!

About the Author

Wendy Holden was a journalist on The Sunday Times, Tatler and The Mail on Sunday before becoming a full-time author. She has written nine novels, all Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. She is married and has two children.

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