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How Not to be A Perfect Family [Kindle Edition]

Libby Purves
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Perfect Families: * Tick off museums in the guidebook* Tidy everything away neatly* Work hard and play fair* Show respect for one anotherReal Families: * Start fights in the Louvre * Keep all their worldly goods on the stairs and in the kitchen * Do their homework on the school bus and cheat at Monopoly* Tie the shoelaces of sleeping uncles together after Christmas dinnerWith her customary humour and reliably robust commonsense, Libby Purves celebrates family life in all its aspects. Her accounts of sibling rivalry and the pitfalls of family Christmas will provoke rueful laughter and strike chords of recognition; her practical tips on dealing with everything from marriage maintenance to money matters, testing times to trips and treats, provide essential help for the hard-pressed parent. Best of all is her reassuring reminder that no one else has a perfect family either!


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Praise for More Lives Than One:
'An idiosyncratic blend of her journalistic voice ... With the skills of a writer who understands the proper balance in a novel between issue and narrative. ... This is her best novel ... [and] will find an answering echo in many readers' (Elizabeth Buchan, The Times )

'All the compassion characteristic of her writing in her previous novels and columns. ... This is a humane and perceptive novel' (Woman & Home )

'A good story, crisply and lightly told, that touches on many of teaching's current preoccupations and dilemmas and that grows in depth as it unfolds' (The Times Educational Supplement )

'The kind of book that you race to finish and then think about for a long time afterwards' (The Lady )

'Libby Purves' prose is clean, sharp and in touch with things that matter' (Daily Express )

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'Libby Purves' prose is clean, sharp and in touch with things that matter'

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1003 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder; 2 edition (14 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034075138X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340751381
  • ASIN: B004OBZNQW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #407,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to enjoy your family and remain sane! 21 Feb. 2001
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Format:Paperback
When I read the comment on the back cover that "real families kept their worldly goods on the stairs and in the kitchen" I knew this was the book for me. As soon as I started to read it I breathed a sigh of relief and realised why friends who had read her earilier books in the same vein were not quite as stressed by the whole bringing up a family thing.
Libby Purves has done a great job outlining each member of the families role and how they interact with each other. This made me realise that all the annoyances I find with certain members of the family (who shall remain nameless) are not only universal but actually play a valuable part in the children's development.
This is a great book, which has boosted my confience and made me enjoy my family - faults and all! It is simple,enjoyable and a book with which I would not like to part.
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