One of the Guardian's
most popular columnists shares her unique view of family life.
From the Back Cover
'Who's calling, please?'
'It's Lucy ... Your daughter.'
'Ah, yes.Which one are you again? The one that reads or the one that shops?'
For Lucy Mangan family life has never exactly been a bed of roses.With parents so parsimonious that if they had soup for a meal they would decline an accompanying drink (soup IS a drink), and a grandmother who refused to sit down for 82 years so that she wouldn't wear out the sofa, Lucy spent most of her childhood veering between extreme states of anxiety. Not surprisingly, this left her with plenty to get off her chest, and in this, her first collection of Guardian columns, she shares her hilarious take on everything from her eccentric relatives to how to survive Nigella Lawson's Christmas show and why organised sport should be abolished.