What Not To Expect When You're Expecting
There are more pregnancy and motherhood advice books out there than you can shake a Clearblue stick at. Most of them are earnest, some of them are finger-wagging, other seem designed to make you feel guilty every second of the day. This is not one of those books.
Written by Guardian journalist, Zoe Williams, What Not to Expect When You're Expecting is a straight-talking corrective to the sea of advice that engulfs pregnant women and new mums. It considers such issues as the overbearing public guidelines on what not to eat or drink - 'women shouldn't be treated like three-year-olds, airily instructed in the way of things with no proper explanation' - weighs up the relative merits of different childcare routines - 'It doesn't make any sodding difference. There are easy babies and difficult babies, and, before you know it, they're no longer babies' - and even considers the correct response to the question - 'Who's fatter, my sister or me'. Witty, wry and occasionally even informative, What Not to Expect When You're Expecting is a refreshing antidote to standard parenting books.
Zoe Williams writes comment pieces, interviews and reviews. She is best known as a Guardian columnist, but her work has also appeared in the Spectator, NOW magazine, the New Statesman and the Evening Standard. She lives in London with her partner and two children.