The Secret Diary of a New Mum (Aged 43 1/4)
The first of its kind, this is a hilarious and brilliantly observed real-life diary of a new ‘midlife mum’. The essential antidote to earnest pregnancy books.
Whatever your age, becoming a mum for the first time brings with it excitement, anxiety and numerous challenges. But how do you cope when, to top it all, you discover you are old enough to be the mother of everyone else in your NCT group? The story of one woman, one new baby, a slipped disc and rather too many wrinkles, The Secret Diary of a New Mum (Aged 43 1/4) follows the tale of a midlife mum as she tries to make the transition from experienced TV producer to utterly inexperienced parent.
One in five babies is born to a mum over 35, and the number of over 40s giving birth has doubled. The first humorous narrative account of what it’s really like to be a midlife mum – whether it’s deftly side-stepping any questions about age and baby number two or weeping as younger counterparts ping back into their size ten jeans within thirty seconds of giving birth – this is the thoroughly entertaining, insightful and often hilarious account of what happens as you face up to menopause and new motherhood at the same time.
First published by Vermillion (Penguin Random House) in 2011.
“Brilliantly observed. Reading this book about motherhood is like looking in the mirror, funny, embarrassing and yet cruelly honest.”
“Warm, witty and very, very wise – the perfect antidote to all those po-faced pregnancy books. As a fellow Geriatric Mother I found myself constantly laughing and nodding along in agreement”.
The Daily Mail
“Very funny…astute…insightful…a recommended read!”
“This honest, laugh out loud account gives a wonderful insight into the incredible journey of becoming a mum.”
“I laughed out loud and cried in buckets and it has been a long time since I enjoyed a book quite as much… This is one seriously witty book! I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. Whether you are a modern middle-aged mum or not, whether you are yet to be pregnant, are now pregnant, or have already had a child – it is just absolutely timeless. And an amazingly entertaining read… I can’t praise it enough!”