Two couples meet in an antenatal class and loathe each other on sight. Flashy Hugo and Amanda plan a five-star birthing experience with private hospitals and maternity nurses. Right-on Alice and Jack want a home delivery with whale music. But baby Theo has barely arrived before Hugo and Amanda hit problems: Hugo fails miserably to bond with his son and Amanda decides motherhood is boring.More
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Glorious farce - but it does strike a chord
Another in the long list of books I've found even better in audio. I read this a few years ago and enjoyed the typical Wendy Holden farce, but I don't think I picked up enough on what are also very believable aspects. Amongst this very funny book there is so much that will strike a chord with anyone who has ever sat with a new baby feeling totally inadequate and useless, terrified that you will let this precious child down. Every parent, in other words. That it's a male character, Hugo, who seems to suffer the most (but triumphs with his little son) makes no difference, if anything I think I empathised more for some odd reason. Suzy Aitchison's reading is spot on and brings out all the different levels from the comedy (some of the funnier aspects of ante-natal classes with the quite ghastly earnest Lotti in particular) to the typical Holden over the top characters - and yet makes them all very human. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm now heading back to look for more Wendy Holden / Suzy Aitchison books. (p.s. I'm also going to try and de-clutter my house a bit, having listened to Alice having to live with the eco-fascist Jake, hellbent on burying her and their baby daughter under a mountain of to-be-recycled rubbish)