An anthology of stories on pregnancy, childbirth and babies. Co-edited with Margo Daly and includes stories by Peter Carey, Polly Samson and Emily Perkins. Published by Bloomsbury, August 2002.
‘I love its variety, depth and honesty, and I’m sure that it can help women going through the birth experience acknowledge and accept their own intense feelings.’
– Sheila Kitzinger
‘It is not in the least bit soppy, but very moving and extremely well written.’
– The Independent
22 stunning tales of pregnancy, birth and beyond…. Emily Perkins, Polly Samson, Peter Carey, Julia Darling, Judith Bryan, Roddy Doyle, Jill Dawson, Chandani Lokuge, Eva Sallis, Margo Daly, Bridget O’Connor, Christopher Cyril, Alice Jerome, Bernard Cohen, David Guterson, Kathy Page, Kathryn Heyman, Nikki Gemmel, Simone Lazeroo, Hannah Fink, Nick Hornby, Rosie Waitt. This highly varied and vibrant mosaic of fiction and memoir by some of our finest contemporary writers captures the individual and unique, as well as the quotidian and universal, in the birth experience. As Kathy Page’s narrator puts it to her baby, ‘You and I, the two of us, moving on, but the same time going back, where everyone has been before.’ Here are the alterations of consciousness, the anxieties, vulnerabilities and glories of mothers; the baffled and triumphant perspectives of fathers. The full range of experience of new parents has been included, so that along with the intensity, joys and passions, there are still-births, unwanted pregnancies, post-natal depression, resentment of the father (who is at least able to slip out for a pint of Guinness – superbly captured in Jill Dawson’s ‘Twilight Zone’), plus autism, feelingly described by Nick Hornby. This is a moving and enlightening anthology, one to satisfy the cravings of expectant parents, certainly, but also for everyone else keen on fine prose and curious about the beginnings of life for us all.
‘This highly varied and vibrant mosaic of fiction and memoir by both new and well-known writers captures the individual and unique, as well as the quotidian and universal, in the birth experience. The experiences cover anxieties, vulnerabilities, glories of mothers; the baffled and triumphant perspectives, including a very moving account by Peter Carey of his son’s birth. Other contributors include Julia Darling, Emily Perkins, Polly Samson, Roddy Doyle, Nick Hornby and more.
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