Book Review and Competition; Bring It On, Baby by Zoe Williams


Zoe Williams is one of my favourite journalists. I suspect I have a fair amount in common with her as I can often identify with what she is saying and from her anecdotes I reckon she is about the same age as me. I was pleased to hear that she was writing a book based on her experiences of motherhood and pregnancy following on from her Guardian Newspaper column. I was offered the chance to read and review her latest book Bring it on, Baby.

The book basically charts Zoe’s often random, always amusing thoughts from her unplanned pregnancy through to her second baby. I picked this book up and read it in three sittings, not only was it amusing, straight talking she actually spoke sense. I wish I had written this, I swear some of the advice and postulating comes straight from my mouth. Totally sensible thoughts on breastfeeding, Gina Ford, the truth about what pregnancy is really like and the most genius way to record your arguments with the husband. Hilarious. I really enjoyed it, it’s an easy read and not to challenging, although there are a few factual snippets. Well worth a read for any seasoned and unseasoned mums. In fact, if you know any pregnant women then get it for them, they will find it a refreshing read for those boring moments of pre-labour anticipation in between episodes of Loose Women and Homes Under the Hammer.

I’ve been offered three copies of Bring It On Baby for readers of Being a Mummy. To be in with a chance of winning just leave a comment below giving me your response to a question posed by Zoe in Chapter 8 “Does motherhood make you more kinder, or more stupid?” Don’t forget to leave me with your twitter or email details. Winners will be picked at random and published on Saturday 24th July, the book will be posted directly from the publishers and the competition is open to UK residents only

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12 Responses

  1. Sandy Calico 19th July 2010 / 6:56 pm

    Haha, the answer is both. We only have limited brain power, becoming a mother moves the power from the intelligence area to the kinder area. Probably. @sandycalico

  2. Charlotte 19th July 2010 / 7:48 pm

    Depends on the amount of sleep you had last night! Kinder after sleep-filled nights; stupid after scream-filled nights. (don't want to leave my email address on a comments page – but it's firstname.surname@gmail.com)

  3. Kat 19th July 2010 / 8:52 pm

    Kinder although less kind when the lioness is awoken… I bet her book is far better than the nonsense I read when I was first pregnant. From me @that_kat ie Super Kat

  4. jenmum 20th July 2010 / 11:57 am

    Glad you liked this book. I enjoyed her column so when I saw this book coming out I bought it for my pregnant sister. Having not read the book I hoped the humour and sound advice translated.

  5. jenmum 20th July 2010 / 11:58 am

    Glad you liked this book. I enjoyed her column so when I saw this book coming out I bought it for my pregnant sister. Having not read the book I hoped the humour and sound advice translated.

  6. Jenny Kearney 20th July 2010 / 5:27 pm

    Sounds like a good read. I'm not sure if motherhood has made me kinder or more stupid – it's only been 4 months! However I'll say it's made me stupider, goodness know how I ever held down a full-time job 🙂

  7. Blissful Mum 20th July 2010 / 5:43 pm

    Great competition – I'd definitely say more stupid! I'm afraid my temporary 'post pregnancy' brain mush has become permanent! @blissfulmumblog

  8. Emma 20th July 2010 / 5:44 pm

    Ha ha mostly kinder (def more understanding) but occasionally more stupid! I kid you not I put the toaster in the fridge more than once in my sleep deprived early days of motherhood! @emma_harris

  9. Lucy 20th July 2010 / 7:34 pm

    I would say I am kinder towards children and less kind towards adults (mainly down to being irritable from less sleep than I would like!)<br /><br />I was definatlely more stupid when in was pregnant!<br /><br />Email is firstname.surname@aol.com<br /><br />Lucy Dighton

  10. Mirka 21st July 2010 / 1:03 pm

    I would say both. I wish I could say only kinder, but that wouldn&#39;t be true ;)))

  11. The English Belle 22nd July 2010 / 11:45 am

    Being a mother makes me feel kind-a stupid! Ok, jokes aside, being a mother makes me feel kinder. Taking care of twins requires a great deal of patience and a gentle nature that sometimes I have to reach deep down inside myself – especially on sleepless nights! My two are such little miracles and really bring out the kinder side in me. The bless me.<br /><br />Love your blog by the way! 🙂 <br />

  12. _vTg_ 24th July 2010 / 11:22 am

    Hope I am not too late- looks like a good read!<br /><br />Definitely kinder- and definitely not more stupid!! (though my colleagues may disagree) Motherhood enables super-high brain function to manage coordinating early and late dinner sittings, simultaneous conversations with children of different ages, unloading the dishwasher, planning adult and children wardrobes for the following day (

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