This is a book which sets out to show that even the most unpromising madonna can survive the years of looking after babies and toddlers. Full of down-to-earth tips and anecdotes, this is a battle-manual for the mother on the front line - going from pregnancy to pre-schoolers, and taking in sibling fights, fraught outings, nannies and careers along the way.
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LIBBY PURVES was a late starter, having her first baby at thirty-two. Previously she practised for motherhood by carrying heavy tape recorders round all day (on BBC Radio Oxford), getting up at 3.30am (as presenter of the Radio 4 Today programme), and by refereeing contentious arguments (as chair of BBC TV's Choices). Further useful experience was gained as a barmaid, soothing fractious drunks and mopping floors; and as the editor-in-chief -- for six exciting months -- of the society magazine Tatler. Armed with all this experience, she set out with the utterly misplaced confidence to have a family of five children; so far, she has managed two, and is beginning to flag a little. Libby Purves has written and edited several books, and writes for a number of newspapers and magazines. Now she lives in Suffolk with her husband, Paul Heiney, her son of eleven and daughter of nine. Once a week, she escapes from home life by travelling to London to present the Radio 4 chat show, Midweek, in which only two people are ever allowed to talk at once, and nobody's nose needs wiping. She is also the author of How Not to Raise a Perfect Child, How Not to be a Perfect Family and One Summer's Grace (available from HarperCollins), in which the family sails a small boat round Britain, but freely admits that they weren't too perfect at that either.Review:
`This book is a great antidote to the prevailing tendency to make a science of everything, even the most natural things, like raising children. Libby Purves has faith in people. As you read her book, your faith in yourself comes flooding back.' Amazon reader, 2002
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M000636988X