An enchanting portrait of the trials and triumphs of family life, which any parent of any age will recognise with a wry smile.Sally Magnusson lives with her husband and five children in Scotland. This book begins soon after the birth of the fifth child, with a scene to which we can all relate with feeling: that night when you slept through for the first time and without any small body in your bed either. Life continues through holidays (and the baggage required for the family and British weather conditions), school Christmas plays (and the parental competition for best parts for their offpsring), pets (and how they multiply), children and cars (and how long it takes for a quarrel to start), going out (and the organization required to arrange children, animals and house), and all the many facets of family life. Family Life is written with verve and humour, as well as pithy accuracy.
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Sally Magnusson began her journalistic career on The Scotsman, and joined the BBC to present Sixty Minutes, and then Breakfast Time. She has also presented Woman's Hour, and interviewed Earl Spencer in a major television programme.Review:
`There is a particular skill in writing in an entertaining fashion about domesticity and not many people have it. Sally Magnusson is a glorious exception and hurrah! for that. The important gift that she has and brings to her subject is an ability to appeal beyond her natural audience. It isn't just mothers who will want to read her because she is reflecting their own interests. You will want to read her because she writes well and because she is funny. Best of all is the fact that there are lots of laughs here. The tears of mirth ran down my face and I was obliged to put the book down and blow my nose. What greater commendation could there be?'The Herald (Glasgow)`Sally Magnusson has the knack of writing about her experiences in a humorous way, despite the fact that it could not have been remotely funny at the time. Sit back and enjoy.' Oxford Times`A real, breathing portrait of life in a large and living family... Cunningly astute commentary on parenthood and more scenes of hilarity than any modern sitcom.' The Scotsman`Full of warmth, humour and commonsense, by a born story-teller.' Carousel
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