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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (6 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091900638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091900632
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marcus Berkmann writes about pop music for the SPECTATOR and film for THE OLDIE and is a regular contributor to PRIVATE EYE. He used to write TV reviews for the DAILY MAIL many years ago and has written columns on sport for the INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY and PUNCH.

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"I laughed out loud and squirmed with awful recognition. Marcus Berkmann is one of our funniest writers, and he was sent by Heaven - or was it Hell? - to write Fatherhood" (Craig Brown)

"Berkmann is a very funny writer ... the text is laugh out loud funny" (Daily Express)

"Ambitious and substantial ... Berkmann is highly entertaining ... with an anarchic Monty Pythonesque sense of fun" (Alain de Botton Sunday Times)

"The laughs come in every paragraph. A masterpiece about sad, neurotic British fathers" (Sunday Telegraph)

"A man of infinite wisdom and experience when it comes to male parenting in the 21st century ... The daddy of baby guides ... quick-witted ... excellent" (Mail on Sunday)

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Letting fathers-to-be know what they're in for and how to cope once they're there

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 April 2005
Format: Paperback
I had to stop reading Fatherhood in bed because, every night, I would suddenly have a long and near helpless fit of laughter. My wife would want to know what I'd found so funny, and then she would be laughing too, and hey presto! all traces of drowsiness were gone. I was obliged to read the book only during daylight, and then outside working (and childcaring) hours. Because Fatherhood is simply the funniest book I have read about pregnancy and childcare, and also - and even more importantly - the only one I have read to have such an acute insight into the father's point of view. For example, Berkmann is being both funny and ruefully perceptive when he observes that the 20 minutes the father-to-be spends staring at a sad, depleted hospital vending machine somewhere in those long hours of his partner's first labour are the last moments he will truly have to himself, probably ever. He is all too correct when he tells us that getting to grips (literally) with "piss, shit and vomit" - to give one of the book's splendidly honest chapter headings - will soon become as routine as brushing your teeth. By the way, if you are one of those patriarchal types who thinks changing a nappy or doing a night feed is someone else's job - shame on you! -  you won't like this book. It is a manual for the hands on dad, carefully and informatively taking him through every stage of the fatherhood process from that fateful act of jiggy-jiggy to the puke-stained trousers at the first birthday party a mere 21 months later. Fatherhood is reassuringly sensible, genuinely instructive, and also absolutely hilarious. Fellow dads of infants, read this book to know that you are not alone.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rob Smith on 30 Mar 2006
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This book is a really funny (and truthful) account from the worries about the first scan, to the horrors of changing nappies, and seems to cover every new Dad's hopes and fears in an entertaining way as possible. I haven't read any of Marcus' other work, but he approaches this subject with a passion for comedy and an eye for the truth, that will cut through all the old wives tales associated with fatherhood and baby issues. Essential reading for Father and Mother alike! In fact the wife said it was ten times better for her than any of the books aimed at new mothers!
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By D. Barnett on 27 Jun 2005
Format: Paperback
Couldn't think of anything catchier for my review title, but that says it all. There are far too many books on fatherhood out there that are written in a conspirational 'I know you'd rather be down the pub, mate' sort of way that is, quite frankly, tiresome (read 'You're Pregnant Too, Mate!' if you want evidence of this).
This is a very well written book that manages to combine some really useful information with a great deal of humour. I would consider my 'level' of humour to be relatively highbrow, and I certainly don't go along with the reviewer who felt this treated them as a teenager. As a 34 year old man expecting my first child I felt it was pitched just about perfectly.
He tells things exactly as they are, without trying to preach or force his opinions down your neck. It's refreshing to read something that acknowledges the different attitudes to fatherhood men may have, and doesn't simply assume we are all dreading it and wish we'd 'been more careful'.
Clearly I cannot comment on how accurate some of the content is just yet, as our child does not arrive for a few weeks, but I certainly feel a lot better informed as to what to expect.
Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end - can't recommend it highly enough.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By georgia coops on 5 Aug 2005
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Tells it how it really is, making one cringe and laugh together!I so enjoyed the book which took me back to those early days very vividly .A must for anyone preparing to embark on the fatherhood journey or for anyone who wants to be reminded of what it was all like -it has a strange tendency to be superseded by every new stage and Marcus Berkmann brings it all back in sharp detail.A chance too for the mums to see from the dad's perspective...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A customer on 14 April 2010
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A thoroughly enjoyable read, both insightful and funny. I am a farther to be for the first time and like some of you I'm sure, I am constantly going through the mix of emotions, from being thrilled with excitement to possibly the most frightened you have ever been. In one breath you can't wait for the day to arrive and in the next you worry about what lies ahead. Both my partner and I have been flooded with material from our midwife and other parent clubs we have joined and some of you will agree that it can be slightly daunting and over whelming. My partner has brought and been given many pregnancy and parenting books and yes they were serious, to the point and very informative and these books are great as a reference guide. However `Fatherhood the truth' is not one of these books! It is an enjoyable `MALE ORIENTATED' view. It's full of funny `laddish' humour that to be honest will put your mind at a little ease in the onslaught of literature and stories you hear and receive. I have already read some of my partner's medical related books on pregnancy and they can be as informative as they can be frightening and confusing. This book will not give you the answers as it's clearly Mr. Berkman's views but what it will do is poise questions for you to investigate at the same time as entertaining you.

If you are a farther to be or already have Children and is intending on buying this book I only ask that you ignore the negative comments some people have left, I feel them to be very unjust and also feel that they don't understand what this book is about and who its aimed at. I can only imagine that the people who left the negative comments brought this or any book as they wanted a clear step by step guide with all the answers on how to act and how to be a parent! As far as I'm concerned if you need a book to tell you exactly how to be a parent . . .you probably shouldn't be having children!
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