Nobody Told Me

Nobody Told Me Poetry and Parenthood

Paperback (04 Feb 2016)

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There were many things that Hollie McNish didn't know before she was pregnant. How her family and friends would react; that Mr Whippy would be off the menu; how quickly ice can melt on a stomach. These were on top of the many other things she didn't know about babies: how to stand while holding one; how to do a poetry gig with your baby as a member of the audience; how drum'n'bass can make a great lullaby. And that's before you even start on toddlers: how to answer a question like 'is the world a jigsaw?'; dealing with a ten-hour train ride together; and how children can be caregivers too.

But Hollie learned.

And she's still learning, slowly. Nobody Told Me is a collection of poems and stories taken from Hollie's diaries; one person's thoughts on raising a child in modern Britain, of trying to become a parent in modern Britain, of sex, commercialism, feeding, gender and of finding secret places to scream once in a while.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780349134352
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Blackfriars
Pub date:
DEWEY: 821.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Weight: 622g
Height: 156mm
Width: 234mm
Spine width: 38mm